I’ve always loved the cocktails at Raw Bar at Hotel Arts in Calgary. They’re a nice mix between classic and craft; some are tall and creative, others are short and spirit-forward. So I jumped at the chance to visit the newly renovated space and sample both the Raw Bar’s new VietModern menu and cocktails by talented bartender Christina Mah, during a TMAC Alberta mix and mingle event last week.
As a bonus, I got to step up to the bar and shake my very own Ramos Gin Fizz, a New Orleans cocktail that adds orange blossom water and milk to a traditional gin fizz. The milk makes the drink somewhat frothier and smoother than a typical fizz, and the orange blossom water is a lovely — and fragrant — touch. To make the cocktail more in line with Raw Bar’s modern Vietnamese menu, Mah swapped regular simple syrup for honey syrup and passed over chicken eggs in favour of a duck egg white. The result is a very good cocktail that you’ll sip down almost as fast as you’ll gobble down all the VietModern goodies, from sablefish bites to grilled octopus to potato spring rolls. It’s all good. #Omyomyom!
Ramos Gin Fizz
- 1 oz gin
- 3/4 oz milk
- 1/2 of a duck egg white (duck eggs are available at Crossroads Market)
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1-1/2 oz honey simple syrup (dissolve honey into water using a 1:1 ratio)
- Dash orange blossom water (available at speciality food stores or Kalamata Grocery on 11th Ave. S.W.)
- Top soda water
- Orange wheel garnish
Into a Boston shaker put all ingredients except the soda. Dry shake, add ice and then shake again. Strain mixture into an ice-filled Collins glass and top with soda water.
— Recipe courtesy Christina Mah, Raw Bar at Hotel Arts