Perhaps the most storied place to drink a Ramos Gin Fizz is at The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans. After Prohibition ended, Ramos’ son sold the rights to the drink to the Roosevelt Hotel, where colorful former Louisiana governor and senator Huey “The Kingfish” Long often held court during the 1930s, drinking a Ramos Gin Fizz. Once, as a “total publicity stunt” (according to Pearce), the famed politico even traveled to New York with his favorite bartender from the Roosevelt to “show the Yankees how it’s done” -- as in, how to make his cherished cocktail.
For the record, “at The Sazerac Bar, we shake the cocktail 50 times,” says Myles Holdsworth, the Roosevelt’s assistant director of food and beverage. The hotel sells around 20,000 Ramos Gin Fizzes per year.
Somewhat tragically, the cocktail’s inventor could have never predicted its enduring legacy. When Congress passed the Volstead Act in 1919, enabling the enforcement of Prohibition, Ramos -- ever the law-abiding citizen -- quickly shuttered his bar and went into the paint-mixing business. “He died [in 1928] believing that alcohol was forever to be outlawed,” Pearce says. “As far as we know, he never made a cocktail again.”
So, next time you’re in the Crescent City, raise a (Collins) glass to Ramos by ordering his namesake gin fizz. Just remember to be patient with your bartender while they shake that drink. And maybe even leave them a nice tip.