“I’m not a big fan of creamy cocktails,” says Aki Eguchi, the bar program director for Singapore’s lauded Jigger & Pony Group and drinks maverick behind one of the city’s most inspiring cocktails, a Crystal Ramos Gin Fizz.
Eguchi created the drink back in 2015, when Gibson, currently No. 15 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, debuted. He was interested in reformulating a traditionally creamy cocktail into a lighter, more sessionable version. He initially considered clarifying a Piña Colada or Grasshopper but admits “they didn’t sound right to me.”
Instead, Eguchi decided to pursue rejiggering the Ramos Gin Fizz––the gin, cream and orange flower tipple invented in New Orleans back in 1888––through clarification. And now, four years later, this transparent tipple has become one of the group’s most iconic cocktails, currently on offer at Jigger & Pony, the group’s namesake bar and one that claims ninth place on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list.
Named after the double-coned tool that bartenders use to accurately measure spirits, Jigger & Pony relocated from its original home in Chinatown to a more spacious new expanse in Tanjong Pagar’s Amara hotel last year. And with that transition, the bar team introduced a new menu divided into various sections, one of which includes customer favorites from across the Jigger & Pony family of bars: Enter the Crystal Ramos Gin Fizz. Bearing the floral flavors of a traditional Ramos Gin Fizz, conveyed through spices and citrus peel, with a full body but light mouthfeel and a garnish of orange blossom bubbles, Eguchi’s progressive take on one of the world’s most celebrated drams is a revelation.