In Buffalo we’re all about supporting local businesses, but let’s be honest here – sometimes we just don’t want to get dolled up and go out (especially when the weather is below zero). There are loopholes my friends, don’t you worry. On those nights that you’re not in the mood for a night out on the town, but you are for a cocktail, the key is to have great items in stock at home. Several shops around town make it easy to have the ingredients you need to craft the cocktail of your choice.
If you’re a gin lover like me, follow along as I guide you through concocting the Buffalo version of the New Orleans classic cocktail, a Ramos Gin Fizz. You should always give credit where credit is due, and they created the original gin fizz. However, I wanted to put my own Buffalo spin on it. The most important ingredient – a good gin! Buffalo’s own Lockhouse Distillery Gin, produced by the first distillery to open in Buffalo since Prohibition, is an excellent start. I first tasted Lockhouse gin at the Winter Horsefeathers market where you can buy a bottle and even swig a sample on Saturday mornings. It’s flavorful and slightly sweet. The perfect gin for a gin fizz.
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To create your Lockhouse Gin Fizz, you’ll need the following ingredients.
- A shot (about 2 oz.) of Lockhouse Gin
- A few drops of Orange Blossom Water
I purchased mine at KegWorks (1460 Military Road in Kenmore / (716) 929-7570). They seem to have everything!
- About a ½ to a whole Egg White
- 1 TBSP of Cream
I’ve heard of people using half and half, but I used heavy cream.
- A generous squeeze from a fresh Lemon
- A generous squeeze from a fresh Lime
- 1 TBSP of Sugar Cane Syrup
This can be purchased at KegWorks (of course).
- Violet Candies placed in a plastic bag and crushed for garnish
I purchased mine at Vidler’s 5 & 10 (676 Main Street in East Aurora / (716) 652-0481). They have an entire section of old school candies.
- About a cup of ice cubes
- 2 TBSP of seltzer water
I used plain because I thought the ingredients created enough flavor, but you can probably use a citrus flavor like lemon or lime, as well.
Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT the violet candies and the seltzer water in either a cocktail shaker or a blender. If you choose the shaker, shake (like you’re KC and the Sunshine Band) the ingredients together for about 40 seconds, add the ice and shake for another 40 seconds, then strain only the cold liquid out of the cocktail shaker. Really put some effort into it. I used a blender when I made my gin fizz, placing the ingredients in the blender with just a few ice cubes (3 or 4) and blending them together for about a minute. When your ingredients are blended and ready to go, pour them into a tall glass and slowly add the seltzer water. The layer of foam that forms when you add the seltzer water should rise above the top of the glass. Sprinkle some of the crushed violet candies on top of the foam, and voilà! A homemade gin fizz!
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