Henry C. Ramos invented this New Orleans favorite at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in 1888. After Ramos bought the Stag Saloon in 1907, legend has it that people waited in line for an hour to get one of his signature drinks.

The recipe was kept secret until Prohibition, and is a popular hangover cure after a night in the French Quarter. Orange flower water is a derivative of orange blossoms and is used as a flavoring in cocktails.

Yield: one cocktail

2 ounces gin

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

2 ounces cream or half and half

2 drops orange flower water

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice. Shake to combine and strain into a Collins glass.

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  1. Susan said

    January 19 2016 @ 6:24 pm

    Do you add club soda to gin fizz? It’s not mentioned in the ingredients.

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