Cocktails + Libations = Cocktations

If you are wondering what a cocktation is, yours is a valid question. Cocktation is in fact a made-up word that tumbled from my mouth one day when I was trying to say the word concoction. That nifty little neologism was the seed idea for this blog, and here we both are today.

Friday, November 27, 2009

A Post-Thanksgiving Ramos Gin Fizz

I'm having my second Ramos Gin Fizz of the evening, and I realized that this is one of the most healthy beverages anyone can have. What other cocktail provides you with protein (from egg whites), calcium (from half-and-half), and plenty of vitamins (from lime and lemon juices)? Indeed, this drink is more like a healthy breakfast than a cocktail. The recipe I use is that of New Orleans bartender, Chris McMillian, from the Ritz-Carlton's Library Lounge.

Ramos Gin Fizz
1.5 oz gin (G'vigne or Plymouth is my recommendation)
2 oz half-and-half
one very fresh egg white
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1/8 oz orange flower water
2-3 drops Vanilla extract
1 oz simple syrup

Shake all ingredients vigorously in a shaker tin with NO ice for 1-2 minutes. Then add ice and shake again until it's so cold your hands hurt. Strain into a tall glass with no ice and add about 3 oz of sparkling water and stir. The resultant beverage should taste like a frothy, creamy sip of heaven.

Cheers! ~Dr. Cocktation

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