Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 15 – Comet’s Gin Fizz. A seasonal spin on the classic Ramos Gin Fizz.
This post is sponsored by Georgian Bay Spirit Co.
Georgian Bay Spirit Co. has clearly established itself as boasting one of the best selection of ready-to-drink cocktails with their classic Georgian Bay Gin Smash, Vodka Smash, and other great flavours.
The Cranberry Gin Smash I’ve used in this long gin sour combines premium Georgian Bay Gin with lemon, lime, cranberry and a hint of coriander. It adds a pleasant touch of tartness and seasonal complexity to this pretty little tipple.
This is a riff on the Ramos Gin Fizz – a drink first crafted in New Orleans in 1888 by Charles ‘Carl’ Ramos at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon. This cocktail runs the gamut of flavours and textures with gin, citrus, simple syrup, heavy cream, egg white, orange flower water, and club soda.
Apparently, the drink was in such high demand that Ramos employed a team of “shaker men” to quench the thirst of the many locals and tourists that wanted to get their hands on this complex, creamy concoction. Supposedly, each drink was shaken for between 12 and 15 minutes – which is quite a long time to shake a drink.
The combination of a dry shake and a wet shake is essential to get the frothy head of foam on this drink – but 12 minutes might be a bit of overkill. Make sure you’ve got a firm grasp on your shaker and only shake one drink at a time, otherwise you run the risk of a shaker explosion.
I speak from experience and can assure you that it’s better to drink the cocktail than end up wearing it.
In this revised version of the classic, I’ve swapped out basic club soda for flavourful Georgian Bay Cranberry Gin Smash and I’m using rosewater in place of orange blossom water to change up the floral notes and better complement the cranberry.
Comet’s Gin Fizz
- 2 oz Georgian Bay Gin
- ¾ oz spruce syrup
- ¾ oz heavy cream
- 1 egg white or 3⁄4 oz aquafaba
- ½ oz lime juice
- ½ oz lemon juice
- ¼ oz cranberry juice
- 3 drops rosewater
- 2-3 oz Georgian Bay Spirit Co. Cranberry Gin Smash
- Garnish: three cranberries
Add all ingredients, except Cranberry Gin Smash, to a shaker and dry shake for 15-20 seconds. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.
Pouring from a height, strain into a highball glass.
Garnish with three cranberries skewered on a cocktail pick.