Kicking off our cocktail school series with a foam-tastic gin classic that is one of the most physically demanding cocktails ever conceived.
Created in the late 1800's by a gentleman by the name of Henry C. Ramos the drink was originally shaken for up to 12 minutes to ensure the ingredients were sufficiently whipped up. Legend has it that as the drinks popularity grew, Henry's bar in New Orleans had to employ up to 20 'shaker boys' that would stand in a line and pass the shaker on to the next after their arms grew exhausted.
All that hard work isn't for nothing though, if done properly this cocktail is a beautiful match that ticks both the creamy and citrus boxes. as long as you have a cocktail shaker, here's how you can do it at home:
- 50ml good quality gin
- 10ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 10ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 drops of orange blossom water
- 2 drops of vanilla extract
- 25ml double cream
- 20ml sugar syrup (50/50 white sugar and water)
- 1 egg white
- Soda water to top.
Combine all the ingredients above, except the soda water into a cocktail shaker and shake with one ice cube until the ice cube has dissolved.
Open the shaker and fill with ice, shake hard for a further 5-7 minutes. The shaker will get very cold during this stage so it is advisable to wrap the shaker in a tea towel to avoid ice burn on your hands.
After shaking, strain the cocktail into a tall glass filled with ice and top with soda.
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