Want the floral complexity, tang, and creaminess of a Ramos Gin Fizz without a Jello arm? At Baldwin Bar in suburban Woburn, Massachusetts, Bartender Vannaluck Hongtong riffs on the Ramos with his drink, I Put a Spell on You. The cocktail boldly omits egg white, cream, and soda for 1 barspoon of Greek yogurt. That aside, all the usual suspects are present: 1½ ounces Bombay Sapphire gin, ¾ ounce lemon, and 10 drops orange blossom water, plus 1 ounce of Earl Grey syrup. Hongtong wet shakes everything together (briefly) and strains the mixture into an ice-filled Collins glass. I Put a Spell on You does not promise the Ramos’ classic foamy head and has a lightly chalky mouthfeel from the yogurt, but Hongtong’s drink takes a fraction of the time and shaking effort and promises a real, delicious reward.


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