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What to Drink When Your Writing Needs a Lift

In Recipes on June 10, 2009 at 4:59 am

By Tim Beyers

When my writing needs a lift, it’s either (a) time for coffee or (b) time for a cocktail. What’s that? You too? Get yourself a Collins glass, writer — we’re going to mix a Ramos Fizz.

Source: Esquire magazine

Source: Esquire magazine


2 ounces London dry gin (ed. note: Bombay Sapphire, preferably)
1 ounce heavy cream
1 egg whites
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
2 to 3 drops orange flower water

DIRECTIONS: Combine in a chilled cocktail shaker with plenty of cracked ice, then shake viciously for at least one minute — preferably two — and strain into a chilled Collins glass. Top up with cold seltzer or club soda.

Note: Don’t bother substituting orange juice or orange liqueur or orange anything else for the orange flower water; it has a fragrance unrelated to that of the fruit. Also, do not use half-and-half in place of the cream. As for the gin, some old recipes call for Old Tom gin. In this case, reduce the amount of sugar.

Idea proposed by my friend @gunman on Twitter. Thanks to Esquire for the recipe. Find the original here.

© Copyright 2009, Tim Beyers.

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  1. That’s a pretty good recipe, but after some experimentation I decided I like Robert Hess’s better: (warning, (work safe) video starts automatically)

    And if you haven’t already, give Plymouth gin a try sometime. It’s a little different from London Dry stuff, but very good.

  2. Great post, Tim. I used to make these every Fourth of July because the town parade went past our house, and it was an off-beat selection for the holiday. But I would suggest before downing the fizz, hike or run for a few miles because those fizzes will put on the pounds while you’re sitting there typing away!

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