We got to use the Instant Pot for one of the ingredients in this! So Instant Pot cocktails here we come!
One of our favorite things about writing about food and drink is the endless combinations and creations that people create and how one little tweak to an ingredient or process can create something entirely different. In fact, just the other day we were reading an article about how the simple act of toasting cream can completely change cream from simple and smooth into something that is full of butterscotch and caramel!
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When you are in the business of mixing flavors into something delicious, finding a way to get more flavors our of an ingredient is a really cool thing, so naturally we had to give this toasted cream a try and see what this little experiment could inspire in our world of cocktails! Our result is the Cherry Toasted Cream Ramos Gin Fizz!
When we first read about toasted cream in this article by Serious Eats, it sounded like a really great idea to add lots of great flavors to a ingredient we love to use, plus it sounded like a great excuse to play with our brand new Instant Pot! We followed the pressure cooking recipe found in the Serious Eats article and we got a wonderfully browned cream that had a flavor reminiscent of a cross between butterscotch and a cheesecake, nutty and sweet with a hint of savory caramel.
This little experiment definitely had promise!
That cheesecake flavor inspired a thought about a way to use this ingredient in a cocktail and since Valentine’s Day was coming up, we decided that a cocktail that harnessed a bit of a cheesecake flavor might be a great idea! Cheesecake is one of those rich luxurious desserts that lots of folks find romantic, so why not a cocktail that channels a bit of the luxurious and romantic feel of a cheesecake for a romantic holiday? We just had to find a cocktail that we could make that would make good use of the toasted cream!
One cocktail that that we love that uses cream is the classic Ramos Gin Fizz, a cocktail that has been around since the 1880’s, where it became a signature cocktail in the New Orleans bar world! Originally invented by Henry C. Ramos to serve at his Imperial Cabinet Saloon, the Ramos Gin Fizz is a great combination of sweet and tart drink with a pillowy, creamy puff of foam on top. We made a great summery cocktail in our Raspberry Peach Ramos Gin Fizz, and we really liked the way that fruit flavors worked in the rich foam.
That pillowy creamy foam is the key to the Ramos Gin Fizz and one of the best ways to make foam in a cocktail is to use a bit of cream. In the case of the Ramos Gin Fizz, they also incorporate an egg white, which combined with the heavy cream, makes for a rich velvety foam that makes for a luxurious sipping experience! This is where our toasted cream comes in, adding that rich, nutty, toasted flavor into an already delicious cocktail added a whole richer dimension!
Since this toasted cream reminded us of cheesecake, what better cheesecake is there than a cherry cheesecake? We have a great Tart Cherry Liqueur that we have used in a couple of other cherry recipes (Boozy cherry marshmallows anyone?) that brings a really bright, fresh cherry flavor to whatever we use it in, and this was no exception!
To add a little bit of sweetness, we added in some of that bright red maraschino “cherry” juice from those famous sugar sweet cherries that usually adorn the top of cocktail. The combination of the cherry liqueur and cherry juice gave a nice pinkish color to the foam, making the Cherry Toasted Cream Ramos Gin Fizz perfectly festive for Valentine’s Day!
The addition of the cherry and toasted cream to the Cherry Toasted Cream Ramos Gin Fizz made for a nice smooth sipping cocktail, the foam rich and luxurious with a hint of nutty sweetness and cherry. The toasted cream adds a nice hint of caramel richness and body to the drink, making the drink feel silky while still staying light and airy! Topped with a couple of bright red cherries, the Cherry Toasted Cream Ramos Gin Fizz will be just the thing for your sweetheart!
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- 1.5 oz gin
- 1 oz cherry liquor
- .50 oz toasted cream
- .50 oz lemon juice
- .50 oz lime juice
- .50 oz simple syrup
- .50 oz maraschino juice
- 1 egg white
- 3 drops orange flower water
- club soda
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker except for club soda.
- Shake dry, and shake and shake and shake until your arms hurt, about 4 minutes.
- Add a scoop of ice and shake until your arms hurt again, for about 8-10 minutes total.
- Double strain into a highball glass.
- Add a little club soda into shaker and swish around to get the rest of the foam, top the drink.
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