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November’s cocktail: marmalade fizz

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Hey, we’re not only getting recipes from Somerset’s top mixologist, we’re also getting a whet-your-whistlestop tour of the history of cocktail. This month Jake’s giving us his twist on the classic ‘Ramos gin fizz’ invented by Harry Ramos in 1888 at his bar in New Orleans. Legend has it that the drink was so popular in its prime that bars used to employ up to 20 bartenders to keep up with the demand. Jake’s uses homemade marmalade as a sweetener which brightens the drink and ‘accentuates the citrus notes the cocktail naturally carries’ (so there you go).

First you need

  • 50ml London dry gin
  • 12.5 ml lemon juice
  • 12.5 ml lime juice
  • 20ml double cream
  • 5 dashes orange flower water
  • 2 teaspoons marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon sugar syrup (caster sugar gently dissolved in hot water at a ratio of 1:1 ratio sugar to water and left to cool)
  • 1 egg white

Then you…

  • Dry shake (shake without ice) to emulsify ingredients.
  • Shake with ice (the original recipe calls for a 12-minute shake but Jake recommends just shaking until your arms ache).
  • Serve in a tall glass and top with soda water.
  • Garnish with a long, orange twist.

…and then it’s all yours

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