Gin Sour With Egg Whites – Make This 1950s Style Gin Sour

Gin Sour With Egg Whites
Gin Sour With Egg Whites

To Add Egg Whites Or Not To Add Egg Whites.

Historically speaking, if a cocktail was a simple sour, it did not have egg whites. Yes, there were cocktails like the clover club or pink lady that had egg whites, or you can go back even further to the Fizz-style cocktails from the 1880s that had egg whites. But not until the early 1950s am I able to find anyone using egg whites in a cocktail labeled a Sour. Sour cocktails before the 1950s that used egg whites in this way all seemed to have fun names and were presented as cocktails for the ladies. In the 1930s or 40s, if a man ordered a whiskey sour and were handed one with egg whites, he would probably be offended or think the bartender mixed his drink up with some women’s at the bar. I looked through maybe 100+ books ranging from the 1880s to the late 1960s, which was pretty consistently what I found.

The earliest use of egg whites in a standard sour I could find was from King Cocktail by Eddie Clark. In 1947 Eddie Clark was the successor head bartender to Harry Craddock at the Savoy. The 1955 official British Bartenders union cocktail book, The UKBG, also mentions using egg whites in sours, but both books say they are optional and not traditional. Assumedly egg whites were added upon request and not the usual way a whiskey sour was made. Keep in mind Harry Craddock, 1920 – the 40s, did not make his sours with egg whites. All those cocktails had different fun names. Eddie Clark even grouped those fun cocktails in his book’s “For ladies only” section.

How To Get Egg White Right In Cocktails.

Cocktails with egg whites are difficult cocktails to get right, and anyone who says otherwise is projecting a false image. Everyone who has made a fizz has had one of these pops open on them while shaking, only to make a mess. The best advice I can pass on to making any fizz cocktail is it comes down to 2 things; Technique and chemistry. A common technique that works very well is using a dry shake. A dry shake is shaking all your ingredients together without ice first to make forming the foam easier. The foam will still form with ice, but you will work twice as hard for half the result if you shake with ice first. The first shake is only about 20-30 seconds of vigorous shaking, but this is the part that forms most of your foam. A little tip here is to wrap a kitchen towel around the seal of your shaker because no matter how strong you are or how tight your grip, it will pop open a little. As the egg whites unfold, they can expand up to 8x their original size, thus increasing the pressure inside the shaker and forcing small amounts of the sugary egg mix to squirt out. Wrapping a small towel around the shaker will catch this and keep things clean.

Next and more important is chemistry. You have to get the science right for egg whites to foam properly. Denaturing/unfolding egg protein into a meringue is more science than brawn, and a friend of mine who is a baker once gave me this advice for how she made meringue at the bakery.

  1. Keep it room temperature.
  2. Use an acid to help break the proteins hydrogen bonds and unfold it in addition to beating it.
  3. Use sugar to stabilize the foam from collapsing and to form smaller bubbles.

A mistake I made for a long time was using eggs fresh from the fridge. Even if I’m doing a dry shake, I’m still starting with cold ingredients. So take the eggs out and let them come to room temperature first. Cold egg protein is much more stable and difficult to break apart than if it is at room temperature. The next tip is to use acid. Bakers will use cream of tartar as the acid helps accelerate the denaturing process along with beating it. In the cocktail, we use lemon or lime juice. It is much, much harder to form a foam without using an acid. The last bit of advice is to use sugar to stabilize the foamed protein from collapsing. A sweet liqueur alone isn’t enough. I’ve tried making fizzes with just liqueurs for sweeter alone, and they have never formed a good foam. This needs real simple syrup. If you don’t use sugar in your Fizz, what will happen is the foam will develop, but it will collapse back into the liquid just as fast, and you will be left with a thin layer of lame bubbles on top. It will still taste the same and be good, but that beautiful foam will be gone, and for these drinks, the large foam head is the garnish. The sugar makes the water “wetter” and helps keep the suspended air inside from combining into larger bubbles. This helps form a smoother micro bubble foam.

Cocktails with egg whites are some of the most elegant and sublime cocktails, but they are not the easiest to make. Eventually, you can get to a point where you can make them correctly and consistently, but it can take a while and many failed attempts. Hopefully, the tips I gave help shorten that journey. There are a lot of tips and tricks out there for making fizzes, and I tried to keep mine reasonable and realistic, but see what works for you. I’ve been doing this for a long time, and still, I have the occasional one that doesn’t foam up well, even though I make them all the same. It’s just the nature of the egg sometimes, and I accept it and make it again.

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Gin Sour With Egg Whites

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

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Calories

318

kcal
ABV

17%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic gin sour with egg whites.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Egg Whites

  • 2/3 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2 oz Dry Gin

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker.
  • Shake dry for 30 second – egg foams better when not cold.
  • Now add ice to the shaker and vigorously shake again till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.

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Adios Motherfucker – Make The Best AMF You Will Ever Have

Adios Motherfucker Cocktail
Adios Motherfucker Cocktail

Is The AMF a Trashy Drink?

I know the name of this is Vintage American Cocktails and that this is not a vintage cocktail, but who cares. The truth is it’s a pretty good cocktail, and contrary to popular belief, it’s not that boozy. Or, if made correctly, it shouldn’t be. This cocktail has a reputation, similar to the Cosmopolitan, for being a trashy club drink young people like to order so they can say they got an Adios Motherfucker. Unfortunately, because of this connection, it’s suffered the same fate as the Cosmopolitan; A good cocktail that ordinary people are afraid to order to avoid looking trashy. Granted, its name is Adios MotherFucker, so it was destined to end up with that image. Another name is the AMF, but saying Motherfucker is a lot more fun.

The most recipe calls for sweet and sour, but the sweet and sour mix is a poor imitation of orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon juice. This version of the Adios has all the same per proportions as a more standard recipe, but by replacing the sweet and sour mix and sprite with better ingredients, you get something much better. This is an excellent version of the adios.

Adios MotherFucker Vs Long Island Ice Tea.

It’s similar to the Long Island Ice Tea in that it has almost every different kind of spirit in it. Unlike the long island, they are in small quantities, and if you’re going by ABV and structure, it’s actually more similar to a John Collins than the Long Island Ice Tea.

What is the Difference Between Cointreau, Orange Liqueur, and Blue Curacao?

Cointreau and Curacao or blue curaçao are all the same liqueur. The only difference is that Cointreau is a brand name, and Blue curaçao is a general term for an orange liqueur with added blue food dye. They are all orange liqueurs and the difference between them and other orange liqueurs like triple sec all comes down to brand names and marketing gimmicks. Bols was the first to manufacture orange liqueur using the bitter oranges from the island of Curacao, owned in the Caribbean. As orange liqueur grew in popularity in Europe, other manufacturers entered the scene. Cointreau marketed theirs as being made from a triple distilled dry beet sugar spirit base, providing a more bright, clean, orange taste. They called it Cointreau triple sec. They owned the name Cointreau but not triple sec, and soon many cheap orange liqueurs flooded the market as “triple sec” liqueurs. Some branded themselves as a “Curacao” liqueur, and others began adding bright-colored food dyes to make them stand out from the others. Cointreau eventually dropped the headline triple sec from its marketing since the term was now associated with cheaper products, but the term endures. That is a brief history of how the market became flooded with triple secs, curacaos, colored curacaos, Cointreaus, etc., that are ultimately the same ingredient but cause so much confusion for so many people. For a more in-depth history of Orange liqueur, please download my app and navigate to the orange liqueur ingredient description. links at the bottom of this page

What Does The AMF Taste Like?

The Adios Motherfucker is a great cocktail. Its taste is similar to a Collins-style cocktail, and the bright blue color is fun. Even though it has the same spirits as the Long Island Ice Tea, it tastes nothing like a Long Island. The Adios has almost a boozy sparkling lemonade taste. The sweetness and soda water helps cut the drink to a more manageable alcohol level and make it (I think) a refreshing cocktail that will still give you a slight buzz.

The Most Important ingredient.

There is no ingredient in the Adios that affects the flavor in any meaningful way. There are so many different ingredients in such small amounts that they all get lost. The only advice I have for this cocktail is not to buy Blue orange liqueur but use one drop of blue food dye instead. Unless you plan to make tons of these quickly, your best bet is to buy a normal clear orange liqueur like Cointreau and add blue dye. Because if you buy blue orange liqueur, you will be trapped into only being able to use it for this and maybe a couple of other cocktails. I have a bottle of blue curacao that I bought maybe 4 or 5 years ago, and it’s still half full.

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Adios Motherfucker

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

311

kcal
ABV

11%

Total time

3

minutes

The best Adios Motherfucker that actually taste great.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1 oz Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 oz  Blue Orange Liqueur

  • 1/2 oz Vodka

  • 1/2 oz Dry Gin

  • 1/2 oz Silver Tequila

  • 1/2 oz White Rum

  • 4 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a shaker with ice.
  • If you do not have blue orange liqueur then add 1 drop of blue food dye
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Pour into the serving glass and gently add the soda water.

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Brandy Fizz – Make This Wonderful Classic Late 1800s Cocktail

Brandy Fizz Cocktail
Brandy Fizz Cocktail

The History Of Fizzes.

Fizz cocktails first appear in the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas’s Bartenders Guide and appear to be an evolution of the classic sour with egg whites/egg sour cocktail. The basic Fizz structure is very consistent. Egg whites, citrus, sugar, spirit, and soda water. This here is a basic Brandy Fizz cocktail, and while it was not listed in Jerry Thomas’s book, it’s clear that the framework can be used for any base spirit.

What Does the Brandy Fizz Taste Like?

The meringue foam is absolutely delicious in this cocktail and adds a sweet lightness that makes this more of a dessert than a standard cocktail. Imagine drinking a sweet liquid brandy mousse and at 12% ABV it still packs a punch.

How To Get Egg White Right In Cocktails.

Cocktails with egg whites are difficult cocktails to get right, and anyone who says otherwise is projecting a false image. Everyone who has made a fizz has had one of these pops open on them while shaking, only to make a mess. The best advice I can pass on to making any fizz cocktail is it comes down to 2 things; Technique and chemistry. A common technique that works very well is using a dry shake. A dry shake is shaking all your ingredients together without ice first to make forming the foam easier. The foam will still form with ice, but you will work twice as hard for half the result if you shake with ice first. The first shake is only about 20-30 seconds of vigorous shaking, but this is the part that forms most of your foam. A little tip here is to wrap a kitchen towel around the seal of your shaker because no matter how strong you are or how tight your grip, it will pop open a little. As the egg whites unfold, they can expand up to 8x their original size, thus increasing the pressure inside the shaker and forcing small amounts of the sugary egg mix to squirt out. Wrapping a small towel around the shaker will catch this and keep things clean.

Next and more important is chemistry. You have to get the science right for egg whites to foam properly. Denaturing/unfolding egg protein into a meringue is more science than brawn, and a friend of mine who is a baker once gave me this advice for how she made meringue at the bakery.

  1. Keep it room temperature.
  2. Use an acid to help break the proteins hydrogen bonds and unfold it in addition to beating it.
  3. Use sugar to stabilize the foam from collapsing and to form smaller bubbles.

A mistake I made for a long time was using eggs fresh from the fridge. Even if I’m doing a dry shake, I’m still starting with cold ingredients. So take the eggs out and let them come to room temperature first. Cold egg protein is much more stable and difficult to break apart than if it is at room temperature. The next tip is to use acid. Bakers will use cream of tartar as the acid helps accelerate the denaturing process along with beating it. In the cocktail, we use lemon or lime juice. It is much, much harder to form a foam without using an acid. The last bit of advice is to use sugar to stabilize the foamed protein from collapsing. A sweet liqueur alone isn’t enough. I’ve tried making fizzes with just liqueurs for sweeter alone, and they have never formed a good foam. This needs real simple syrup. If you don’t use sugar in your Fizz, what will happen is the foam will develop, but it will collapse back into the liquid just as fast, and you will be left with a thin layer of lame bubbles on top. It will still taste the same and be good, but that beautiful foam will be gone, and for these drinks, the large foam head is the garnish. The sugar makes the water “wetter” and helps keep the suspended air inside from combining into larger bubbles. This helps form a smoother micro bubble foam.

Cocktails with egg whites are some of the most elegant and sublime cocktails, but they are not the easiest to make. Eventually, you can get to a point where you can make them correctly and consistently, but it can take a while and many failed attempts. Hopefully, the tips I gave help shorten that journey. There are a lot of tips and tricks out there for making fizzes, and I tried to keep mine reasonable and realistic, but see what works for you. I’ve been doing this for a long time, and still, I have the occasional one that doesn’t foam up well, even though I make them all the same. It’s just the nature of the egg sometimes, and I accept it and make it again.

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Brandy Fizz

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

229

kcal
ABV

13%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the classic Brandy Fizz cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Egg Whites

  • 2/3 oz Lemon Juice

  • 2/3 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2 oz Brandy

  • 1.5 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in the shaker.
  • Shake dry for 30 second – egg foams better when it is not cold.
  • Now add ice to the shaker. Vigorously shake again till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.
  • Lastly gently add the soda water to maintain its carbonation.

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Mai Tai Cocktail – Make The Original 1944 Victor Bergeron Recipe

The History of The Mai Tai.

The Mai Tai has unfortunately become the rum dumpster of tiki drinks. Anything remotely tiki-like is called a Mai Tai. Here is the original recipe for the Mai Tai created in 1944 by Victor Bergeron at his Trader Vic’s bar in Oakland, California. The Mai Tai predates the Tiki craze of the 1950 and 60s and is viewed as the quintessential tiki cocktail. The book describes how Victor Bergeron created the drink and how it got its name. The Mai Tai got its’ name when Victor gave the first two he made to two Tahitian friends of his. One of them exclaimed, “Mai Tai-Roa Ae” which translates to “Out of this world-the best.” Thus the cocktail earned its name, the Mai Tai.
Contrary to popular belief, the Mai Tai is not Hawaiian or Polynesian. The cocktail was created in 1944 by Victor Bergeron in Oakland, California, at his Polynesian-themed bar, Trader Vic’s Bar. The Tiki drink craze originated in California immediately after the repeal of prohibition. Both Victor Bergeron and Donn Beach are credited with creating the first tiki-themed bars. In 1933 Donn opened Donn the Beachcomber in Hollywood, and in 1934 Vic opened Trader Vic’s Bar in the Bay Area, and still to this day, almost every famous Tiki cocktail was one of their creations.

What Does The Mai Tai Taste Like?

The Mai Tai doesn’t taste like most people think it does because they have not had a real one made with good ingredients. Most are just overly artificially sweet drinks made with pre-made Mai Tai mixers. While there are better Mai Tai mixers, even the best don’t compare to one made with natural ingredients. So what should a good Mai Tai taste like? A good Mai Tai should have a slight molasses taste with solid almond, cherry, orange, and citrus notes. Most mixers and orgeat syrups taste like almonds and the flavor most of these syrups miss is the cherry flavor. This leads to why orgeat is the essential ingredient in the mai tai and why there is no substitute for good orgeat.

The Most Important Ingredient

The essential ingredient in the Mai Tai is the Orgeat syrup. The orange liqueur is also necessary, but the orgeat you use will make or break this drink. So what is orgeat, and what does a good orgeat taste like? The classic 1800s French orgeat is a bitter almond syrup. Bitter almonds taste very different from sweet almonds, which are what we typically eat. Almonds are part of the Rosaceae (rose) family of plants, and all Rosaceae plant seeds contain varying levels of amygdalin which the body processes into cyanide. Bitter almonds are not sold in the US anymore because they produce around 1000x the level of cyanide as sweet almonds. You could eat sweet almonds all day and be fine, but ten bitter almonds will kill a grown man. That’s also why they say not to eat apple seeds since they are part of the same family. Amygdalin smells and tastes like cherries. If you are curious to smell and taste this exact flavor, go to the grocery store and buy some almond extract in the baking aisle. Almond baking extracts are made from bitter almonds with the amygdalin neutralized. Orgeat should not taste like sweet almond milk; Orgeat should taste like almonds and cherries. And this is what 90% of orgeat syrup and Mai Tai mixers get wrong. They taste like almonds. If you want to know what made the Mai Tai famous and taste the original, then do some research and buy a bottle of top-shelf orgeat. These sold in stores have the cyanide neutralized and still taste great. I recommend just spending the money and buying a good one. I’ve tried making my own with an old 1800s barley water orgeat syrup recipe I found and used bitter almond extract instead of natural bitter almonds. It tasted spot on in the end, but it cost 2x as much as buying it, took a whole day to make, was a lot of work, and was not much better than a 9 oz bottle I could have bought for 13 bucks. Sure, that’s a steep price for 9 oz, but your only other option is a gross drink. Sadly there is no substitute for a good orgeat.

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Mai Tai

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

227

kcal
ABV

24%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the original Mai Tai cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Lime Juice

  • 1 tsp Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 oz Orgeat

  • 1/2 oz Orange Liqueur

  • 1 oz Gold Rum

  • 1 oz Black Rum

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker and add ice to the shaker.
  • Shake the ingredients till the shaker is ice cold and develops a frost.
  • Strain into glass with ice and garnish with a bouquet of mint leaves.

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South Side – Make The Classic 1946 Stock Club Recipe

South Side
South Side

The Origins Of The South Side.

The most popular origin story for the south side is named after Chicago’s Southside and was invented to mask the poor quality of the prohibition-era gin. This history is gripping because it ties the south side to famous prohibition mobster Al Capone who famously supplied Chicago with his “bathtub gin.” Unfortunately, this story is most likely more fun than it is true. Every city has a southside area, and the canon version of this cocktail from the Club 21 is located in lower Manhattan. So is the south side’s name referring to the Southside of Manhattan or Chicago? Who knows. Was it invented in Chicago and then popularized in New York.

To give extra weight that it is from New York, the oldest printed recipe I could find for this cocktail comes from the 1946 Stock Club Bar Book by Lucius Beebe. Their recipe is essentially a gin mojito identical to the Bar La Florida’s Mojito #2 recipe from their 1935 book. Both even serve the drink in a highball glass with ice. Granted, the south side fizz is a regular collins style cocktail, so it’s not unreasonable to think that two people just happened to come up with each drink independently of the other. I did not find this cocktail in any books coming out of Chicago in the 1930s or 1940s. I may not have checked all of them, but I matched some major ones and did not find a South Side cocktail.

Serving A South Side.

The most common way a south side is served in a cocktail glass resembling more of a sour than a highball fizz. I prefer this way, and even though the 1946 Stock Club recipe calls for it being served in a highball glass with ice. I’m going to go with the more daisy-like serving because I want to make it different from the older Cuban gin mojito mentioned above. I don’t see a point in having the same cocktail with different names so I will give that honor to the older recipe. The other reason is it’s just delicious as a daisy, and the mint makes it unique from other daisies. However, it is right and depends on whether you want a nice cool sipping cocktail or a short, strong sour.

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South Side

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

219

kcal
ABV

27%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Classic South Side Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 3 Mint leaves

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2/3 oz Lime Juice

  • 2 oz Dry Gin

  • 1 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Muddle mint leaves and simple syrup together in shaker.
  • Add the other ingredients and ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously Shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain using double strainer to remove mint bits

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Daiquiri No.2 – Make This Classic 1935 Orange Daiquiri

Daiquiri No.2 Cocktail
Daiquiri No.2 Cocktail

In the 1930s, Cuban cocktails started to become popular in the united states thanks to the writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. This cocktail was invented in the late 1800s by Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer living in Cuba at the time, and is named after the Daiquiri Mines he worked in the east of Santiago.

These recipes are from the 1935 Bar La Florida from Havana, Cuba. The Bar took the original recipe and made three other variations using different citrus as the prominent flavor. This is the orange-flavored Daiquiri #2.

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Daiquiri No.2

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Servings

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Calories

173

kcal
ABV

27%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Daiquiri No. 2 from Bar la Florida’s 1935 cocktail book. An orange variation of the daiquiri the Daiquiri No. 2 is outstanding.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp Orange Juice

  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1/3 oz Simple Syrup

  • 3 dashes Orange Liqueur

  • 2 oz White Rum

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker and add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.

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