Saturday, March 26

A Sip of Southern

Happy 100th Birthday, Tennessee Williams! Oh what I wouldn't give to be able to sit down and share a cocktail with that man. The stories he would tell! No doubt we'd be sipping on his signature drink: the Ramos  Gin Fizz. This creamy, floral but tart concoction slips on like silk and keeps you cool as you savor Mr. Williams' steamy, Southern written word. I'll drink to that, y'all!

Ramos Gin Fizz
2 ounces Gin
1 ounce Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Egg White
1 ounce Simple Syrup*
1 ounce Rose Water
1 ounce Half and Half
Club Soda
Garnish with an Orange Wheel

Pour the gin, lemon juice, egg white, simple syrup, rose water and half and half into a cocktail shaker full of ice; shake for a minute. Strain into a pilsner glass or other tall, slim glass filled with ice; top with club soda and stir. Add garnish.

*Simple Syrup
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar

Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat to a boil while stirring. Reduce the heat and continue to stir until the sugar dissolves. Cool to room temperature. Using a funnel, pour the syrup into a clean container and store in the refrigerator indefinitely. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

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