Saturday, April 3, 2010

Exhibit #27: Land of the Egg, Home of the Brave

pictured: Guinness Punch & Founders KBS Punch

So it'll be jesus bunny day this Sunday, and you know I've got me some eggs. It's also tax time, so I got me some money cocktails, too. Menu good for 4/4 & 4/11, though KBS Punch is likely to run out.

Oh, and this happened. The Sauce blog did a bit on your curator:
Griffin Puts History in his Mixes

Fear not the humble egg, giver of life and long a mainstay of American tippling. Just as in cooking, egg tends to be a thickening, smoothing agent rather than a flavoring one. But in the interest of full disclosure, we should note that consumption of raw egg is not something that health professionals usually recommend, so proceed at your own risk. On the other hand, we make drinks like this nearly every week and have had no complaints yet.

Port Wine Flip $6
The canonic egg drink. Eggs, particularly whole ones, were a staple of colonial drinking - egg nogg of course, year-round, but also the mighty Flip - an oversized tankard containing several ounces of rum, strong beer, eggs, sugar, spices, all heated with a red-hot loggerhead from the fire. We'll do some of those in the fall, tonight we'll have the downsized 19th century version - spirit, egg, some sugar, grated nutmeg garnish. Port wine was the favorite, but this may also be prepared with whiskey, rum, or brandy. Regardless of your choice, you will find the beverage smooth and ice cold - a hooch smoothie, antebellum style.

Eye-Opener $7
The American version, of late 18th century derivation. Haitian rum (Barbancourt 8 yr), egg yolk, with Grand Marnier and Apricot Liqueur accents and a splash of pomegranate syrup.

Guinness Punch $5
Guinness, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a whole egg. Perhaps that seems bizarre, but it was also a common practice not that long ago to include egg in a milkshake. This is a smooth, lightly flavored beverage that could legitimately be called a beermilkshake. It does contain substantial nutritional value and is equivalent in alcoholic strength to just half a drink, if that. Gentle as a baby lamb, aye!

Founders KBS Punch $8
While the beer lasts. Legendary and scarce bourbon-aged imperial stout, brewed with coffee and chocolate, employed in the above preperation. Cookin' with gas!

Suisette $7
From the Old Waldorf-Astoria bar book and baroque age of American Drinking. Lemon juice, cognac, sweet vermouth, syrup, a little absinthe and a whole egg. A time machine!


The Income Tax Cocktail $6
This drink is identical to a Bronx, a non-surviving, second-string, used-to-be-a-playa libation that was once common (2:1:1 Martini, perfect, with the juice of 1/4 an orange). The Bronx was at that time an affluent borough, and if one were to add some bitters to the rich man's cup, what could that be...?... Income tax.

The Millionaire $7
There are several Millionaires, this is often referred to as #4 and is the most enchanting of the bunch. Two rums (2 parts Gosling's to 1 part Pusser's), Plymouth Sloe Gin (the real stuff !!), apricot liqueur, and a good amount of lime juice. Fabulous, baby, and a portion bigger than your glass.

NEXT: Scandalous Ladies (White Lady, Lavender Lady, Pink Lady, Delilah) & the first steps in an Epic Journey through the Many Lands of The Fizz.

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