New Orleans is unique in that it offers its partygoers a portable option for cocktails - the "go cup." Armed with a go cup, you're able to journey from one destination to another without being stopped for an open container. So when my East Coast girlfriends came down for the weekend to celebrate two milestone birthdays, it seemed only fitting to find a go cup that was a few steps above the norm (the norm being plastic - which, legally, is what it's supposed to be).
I went to Cheryl Charming for handmade cocktail rings - vintage glass coupettes attached to adjustable, silver plated rings. We wore them, we drank from them. They were a blast! And should you find yourself coming to New Orleans for a girls weekend, you can have your own, sold here or at Lost and Found.
Even if you're not coming to New Orleans anytime soon, here are the recipes for what we drank that weekend. The Vieux Mot was perfect for our cocktail rings and the Ramos Gin Fizz is a New Orleans classic that swayed even the most reluctant of drinkers among us. Cheers!
(created by Don Lee of PDT)
1 1/2 ounces Plymouth gin
3/4 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupette. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry.
To make Simple Syrup: Bring equal parts water and sugar just to a boil; stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and let cool.
Ramos Gin Fizz
1 egg white
2 ounces Plymouth gin
1 ounce cream
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup (see above)
4 drops orange flower water
2 ounces club soda
Place all ingredients except the club soda in an empty cocktail shaker and dry shake to emulsify the egg white faster. Add ice to the cocktail shaker and shake VERY well. Strain into a tall, chilled glass with club soda in the bottom. Garnish with an orange twist.