Sour Cherry Ramos Gin Fizz

The Ramos Gin Fizz is a much loved, but rarely made classic cocktail. In this variation we are using a new Sour Cherry Gin from Luxardo and replacing the cream with almond milk. The flavor pairing of cherries and almonds is a classic for good reason.

Cherries and almonds share many flavor compounds. To the point that almond extract is often used as a stand in for cherry flavor. 

Luxardo Sour Cherry Ramos gin Fizz
Sour Cherry Ramos Gin Fizz

Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin

Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin
Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin

For people who know their way around bar the Luxardo brand is synonymous with amazing marasca cherry flavor. Marashino liqueur, Sangue Morlacco and Marasca cocktail cherries all speak to Luxardo’s expertise with cherries. Their new Sour Cherry Gin is a classic London Dry Gin flavored with Marasca Sour Cherries.

The deep red color is an indication of the spirit’s deep flavor. That flavor will be immediately familiar to anyone who loves the many classic cocktails that feature the combination of gin and Maraschino liqueur. If you don’t know the pleasures of this combination the Martinez, Aviation, Last Word or a Ramos Gin Fizz are great places to start.

Sour Cherry Ramos Gin Fizz

The Ramos Gin Fizz is a classic New Orleans cocktail. This variation relies on the pairing of cherry and almonds. It is a classic flavor combination for a reason. Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin and Almond Milk are the key flavor elements in this drink.  

Course Cocktails
Keyword classic cocktails, ramos gin fizz
Servings 1 drink
Author Jay Jordan

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin
  • 1 oz egg white
  • 5 oz almond milk
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/3 oz simple syrup
  • 1 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange blossom water
  • soda water to top

Instructions

  1. Combine Sour Cherry Gin, Maraschino, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup and egg white in a shaker without ice. Shake vigorously for around a minute. 

  2. Add ice and almond milk to shaker and shake again for a minute.

  3. Strain into a highball glass and top with sparkling water.

  4. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.

Recipe Notes

A Ramos Gin Fizz is well known among bartenders for being a leading cause of repetitive stress disorder. In order to get the distinctive froth and foam that this drink is known for requires a lot of shaking. The original recipe called for a full 12 minutes of shaking. The story goes that New Orleans bars in the 1880’s would hire teams of ‘shaker boys’ that would pass the shaker up and down a row to get the job done. 

This recipe relies on technique rather than brute force to get the same results. Adding cream in the beginning doesn’t allow the egg white to work its magic and bind the air bubbles in the mixture. Shaking first without ice froths the egg white nicely. Adding the cream and shaking a second time with ice. 


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