What came first, the cocktail or the egg?

Spend enough time with me and you’ll hear my rant about prohibition. It may seem odd to be so worked up over something that ended before my parents were even born, but the sobering truth is that prohibition forever altered (in many bad ways) drinking and the art of the cocktail in the United States. Obviously it made it difficult (but not impossible) to even get a drink for 14 years but it also wiped out decades of traditions.  Drinking became less about making exquisite cocktails and more about masking the flavor of inferior alcohol with whatever was present. As such, the prestige of the bartender disappeared and many classifications of cocktails (flips, fizzes, slings, rickies, etc.) were all but eliminated.

Today we are in the midst of a renaissance period for the classic cocktail. This tradition can be traced back to the mid 80’s and the Rainbow Room in New York City, when Dale DeGroff, now regarded as the Godfather of modern mixology, was hired to resurrect the stagnant cocktail program. Now there are bars sprouting up all over the country with a focus on fresh ingredients and traditional spirits, combining them to create both original cocktails and modern interpretations. Still, some ingredients are easier to sell then others.

A flip is a style of drink that dates back to Shakespearean times. One of the crucial ingredients to a flip is a whole egg. Since then, various parts of the egg have been used in many different drinks, most notably the use of eggwhite in a Pisco Sour and a Ramos Fizz. When properly made, the shaken egg white gives the drink a frothy body and, before anyone starts to panic about “Yeah, but it’s a raw egg” health concerns, the alcohol takes care of the bacteria.

In an empty Boston shaker combine all the ingredients and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Add ice and shake again before straining into a chilled martini glass.

  • 3 ounces Cruzan Single Barrel Rum
  • .5 ounce diluted Honey (equal parts honey and hot water mixed together.)
  • 2 dashes Vanilla
  • 1 egg white

So grab some adventurous friends, raid the hen house, and Make Life One Long Weekend ™.  Check back next week for more rumology.

Bottoms up!

– Jack

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