Lavender Ramos Gin Fizz

There's essentially two types of "gin fizz" cocktails. Those with cream and those without. Both have egg white and both are delicious, but you'll be amazed at how different they are. 

The Ramos Gin Fizz is a classic New Orleans cocktail that was invented in the 1880s by Henry Ramos. The original instructions called for 12 minutes of shaking time - needless to say, there were some seriously sore arms among those bartenders.

While we're not going to shake this thing for 12 minutes, it does require some serious shaking. The key to making it work is shaking twice. First, a dry shake without ice to help emulsify the ingredients and incorporate air and second, a shake with ice to add even more air and chill the cocktail. Both of these should be downright violent shakes, each lasting well over a minute. 

To make this unique, we're adding a little lavender bitters. A common ingredient that appears in gins, lavender really sets this off. If you don't have lavender bitters, just make it without - it will still be a damn good drink. You'll want to use a good, strongly-flavored gin like Edinburgh Gin for this one so the flavors come through the egg white and cream.

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
fine mesh strainer
collins glass

ingredients:

2 oz Edinburgh Gin
.75 oz heavy cream
.75 oz simple syrup
.5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
.5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 egg white
3-5 drops orange flower water
1 dash lavender bitters
1.5 oz club soda, chilled
a few dried lavender buds for garnish (optional)


method:

Add all ingredients except seltzer and garnish to a cocktails shaker (without ice!) and dry shake for at least one minute. When your arm gets tired, switch sides and shake again. When you think you're done, you're not...keep shaking. Then add ice and shake again...hard. Keep shaking. Don't stop. Okay, now you're done.

Double-strain into a chilled collins glass and let settle for minute before topping with club soda. Sprinkle a few lavender buds on top.

The Last Word

When it comes to classic cocktails, sometimes you just don't need to mess with perfection...much. 

The classic cocktail, The Last Word, is one of those. A perfect balance of four equal proportions; Chartreuse, gin, lime and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, it's a harmonious creation that's meant for savoring every single sip. 

But, you know us. We just had to fuck with it. So instead of using regular Chartreuse, we used Yellow Chartreuse. Originally started in 1737 by French Monks, the formula of botanicals in Chartreuse is a closely-guarded secret. All we know is there's about 130 different botanicals that are added, giving traditional Chartreuse its signature herbal flavor. Yellow Chartreuse is also a secret, but there's a slight variation in the formula, giving it a more subtle flavor and lighter color. 

Try this one. Trust us.

 

equipment:

cocktails shaker
hawthorne strainer
fine mesh strainer
coupe glass

ingredients:

1 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 oz Edinburgh Gin
1 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 oz fresh lime juice


method:

combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Enjoy.

Figgy Pudding Cocktail

People seem to forget just how mixable gin can be in cocktails. It's surprisingly versatile - especially when you think of the different types of gin - London Dry, Plymouth, Genever or Dutch, Old Tom and the new American-Style gins. There's more variation between each brand of gin than perhaps any other spirit category.

One that we've recently discovered thanks to their participation in our January "Holiday Hangover Brunch" 3st of the Month is Edinburgh Gin. Made similar to the Dutch or Genever style, it starts in a Scottish copper pot still before being infused with eight signature Scottish botanicals. 

While this cocktail calls for a few specialty ingredients that you may not have at hand, we encourage you to experiment with what you do have. Don't have grapefruit? Use lemon or orange. Don't have fig preserves? Try orange marmalade or peach jam. Don't have pimento dram on hand? Just add a pinch of ground allspice.

equipment:

cocktail shaker
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz Edinburgh Gin
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
.5 oz Eli Mason Classic Grenadine
.5 oz fig preserves
1 bar spoon pimento dram (allspice liqueur)
orange zest for garnish


method:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice3 and garnish with a strip of orange zest.