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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Episode 013 - Easter Special

With Easter on its way I thought it would be fun to do an unusual show on drinks that are made with egg. If you don't like the danger of salmonella poisoning then you can find eggs that have been pasteurized as well as you can use Egg Beater's Egg Whites.

Drinks made with egg need to be shaken extremely well so that the egg emulsifies and gives the drink a nice velvety, frothy texture.

Recipes mentioned on this show:

2 1/2 oz Bourbon, brandy, gin, port wine, rum, scotch or sherry
1 1/2 tbs simple syrup
1 egg
Shake and strain with ice into a chilled cocktail glass and sprinkle nutmeg on top.

Ramos Fizz (classic recipe)
2 oz Gin
splash fresh lime juice
splash fresh lemon juice
splash simple syrup
4 drops orange flower water
1 egg white
2 tbs light cream
Shake all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice for a full 3 minutes. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add 2 ounces of club soda. Stir briefly.

Ramos Fizz (simple blended version)
1 oz Gin
1/2 oz orange juice
1 egg white
1 oz sweet & sour
1 oz cream
Blend well in a blender with a scoop of ice. The amounts here are for a single serving.

I briefly mention in the show that these aren't true fizzes as a real fizz doesn't have cream or egg in it. Here's the recipe for a true fizz.

2 oz alcohol of choice (ie: gin, brandy, bourbon, tequila, rum, champagne, applejack, etc.)
2 tbs fresh lime juice
1 tbs simple syrup
Shake and strain into a chilled wineglass and fill with 5 to 6 ounces club soda. Stir briefly and garnish with a lime wedge.

Eggnog (non-alcoholic)
4 eggs
2 oz simple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
3 cups milk
grated nutmeg
Whisk eggs until frothy. Whisk in simple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and allspice. While still whisking, slowly add the milk. Serve in Irish Coffee glasses or mugs. Sprinkle nutmeg on top. Feel free to spike with rum or whiskey.

White Lady Cocktail
2 1/2 oz Gin
2 tbs light cream
1 egg white
splash simple syrup
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Pink Lady
2 oz Gin
1 tbs heavy cream
2 dashes grenadine
1 egg white
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Beauty Spot Cocktail
2 oz Gin
splash white creme de cacao
1 egg white
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a dash of grenadine by dropping it into the center of the drink, thus creating the beauty spot.

Pisco Sour
1 oz Pisco Brandy
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 egg white
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Drop 2 dashes angostura bitters and swirl.

Cornell Cocktail
2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Marachino Liqueur
splash lemon juice
1 egg white
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

2 oz Canadian Whisky
1/2 oz Triple Sec
2 dashes grenadine
1 egg white
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Tom & Jerry
(makes 24 six ounce servings)
Separate the yolk and the whites from 12 eggs. In a mixing bowl, mix egg yolks with 1 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp baking soda. Whisk until creamy. In another bowl, beat egg whites until frothy. Add 1/4 cup sugar and beat until it can make soft peaks. Fold egg whites into egg yolk mixture. While whisking, pour in 2 cups dark rum and 2 cups brandy. Pour this mixture into 24 mugs and top with a cup of hot milk to each. Do not stir in the milk. Sprinkle nutmeg over the top of each drink.

Easter Egg Cocktail
1 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz White Creme de Cacao
Pour both ingredients over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Stir and then float half & half on top.


Anonymous said...

Great show!

On the theme of egg-based drinks, ever tried Verpooten? It's a sweet egg liqueur. It tastes good over ice cream, but are there any drinks to mix with it?

Mr. Martini said...

You know what? You stumped me. I've never heard of Verpooten.

Here's one I didn't mention on the show... Rompope. It's a mexican version of egg nog that's spiked with rum. If you ever find a place that has flan as dessert and can pour rompope over the top, give it a try. De-lish!

Anonymous said...

One thing I've always wondered - and I don't know if there is an exact answer - what quantity/how large is a "dash" and a "splash"?

Mr. Martini said...

Hey there mo jito,

That's an excellent question. A dash is basically a drop of liquid. When you look at a bottle of bitters (ie: angostura or Peychauds) you'll notice they have a plastic cap covering the top with a small hole in the middle. This allows you to hold the bottle upside down and give it one downward shake, which allows a bit of bitters shoot out the small hole. This is considered a dash of bitters. Want two dashes of bitters, shake the bottle downwards twice.

As for a splash, this could easily be replaced with approx. 1/4 ounces (approx. 7.4 ml).

If you're adding a juice, for example, you just tip the juice bottle enough to "splash" some of the juice on top.