Jagos Vanilla Cream Liqueur
A couple of times a month the LCBO (Ontario liquor store) brings in a bunch of new products. Back in the spring they brought out Jagos Vanilla Vodka Cream Liqueur. Since one of my favorite flavours is vanilla, I picked up a bottle, just because. I tried it, found it pleasant, and put it on the shelf for six months, and then I discovered a good use for it!
One of my current favourite drinks is a Ramos Gin Fizz. This is a drink that is well crafted, both in flavour and texture. It tastes like a sorbet, with a texture of foam. This is if it is made right; and to do so you need to shake the hell out of it. Using big ice cubes helps.
Recently, I wanted to make a Ramos Gin Fizz and discovered I didn't have any heavy cream. So, I decided to make something else, then I came across the bottle of Jagos. This stuff is pretty much vanilla flavoured heavy cream. The alcohol is barely perceptible if you drink Jagos neat. I thought it couldn't hurt to try this in a Ramos Gin Fizz, and some recipes say that vanilla was a possible secret ingredient, the Ramos brothers used for their drink. I whipped up the concoction with 1.5oz of Jagos in place of the heavy cream and it worked out beautifully. I think I actually prefer it this way, but I still need to do some more research.
I'm sure this liqueur would be a great replacement for Bailey's, in shots like the B-52. Think of a shot made with Jagos, Navan and Kahlua Especial. We'll just call it a Vanilla Bomber.
Jagos seems to be getting wider distribution, but it may be hard to find in your area. There doesn't seem to be any contact information for the company on their website (www.jagos.com) currently.
Ramos Gin Fizz
1.5 oz Plymouth Gin
1.5 oz Table Cream (18%)
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
0,5 oz Lime Juice
1.0 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 tsp Orange Flower Water
1/2 Egg White
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