Louisiana Eats!
9:50 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Make Mine A Double: The American Cocktail

The Absinthe Frappe is just one of the many drinks that was unavailable when production of its base spirit was banned around the world.
The Absinthe Frappe is just one of the many drinks that was unavailable when production of its base spirit was banned around the world.
Credit Bart Everson / Flickr

Despite Louisiana’s scorching temperatures in July, thousands of visitors beat a path to New Orleans in search of a cold cocktail at the annual Tales of the Cocktail event. On this week’s show we’ll hear from the founder of the conference, get a dose of history from the King of Cocktails, and hear how a smear campaign kept absinthe out of our liquor cabinets for 100 years. Break out the ice, the bar’s open on this week’s Louisiana Eats!

Ramos Gin Fizz

This New Orleans classic was invented in the 1880s by Henry C. Ramos. Original instructions dictated that it be shaken for a good 12 minutes, requiring a bit of a bartender relay. The drink lives on today in bars around the world—minus the marathon shaking time.

1 1/2 oz. gin


1 Tbsp. simple syrup (1:1)

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice


1/2 oz. fresh lime juice


1 fresh egg white (pasteurized if you like)

1 oz. heavy cream


3 drops orange flower water


1 oz. club soda, chilled


Tools: shaker, strainer


Glass: highball

Combine first seven ingredients in a shaker without ice and shake vigorously to combine. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for at least a couple of minutes (more if you have it in you). Strain into a glass, top with club soda and stir.

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