Best Gin Cocktail - 2009
Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen—Ramos Gin Fizz
Houston, TX 77019
Although a Louisiana seafood restaurant in River Oaks might seem a strange place to house the best gin cocktail in Houston, that doesn't stop it from being true. Tony Mandola's is serious about its gin, from the house-infused jalapeño gin that's used to make the famous Cajun martinis to the bitterly refreshing Negroni made with gin and Campari. The boys behind the bar make their cocktails like old pros, and the fact that they serve a Ramos Gin Fizz is a testament to their old-school prowess. Only a few other places in town serve the classic New Orleans cocktail, made with gin, egg whites and orange-flower water. If you're ever feeling nostalgic for New Orleans, a Ramos Gin Fizz will go a long way to soothing that ache.