Another Friday night at the Twilight Lounge (and yes, the lights are low there). With nothing else planned, Gwen and I went with the tried and true formula of home made pizza, cocktails, and, of course, a James Bond movie. This weeks’s movie was Goldeneye, Pierce Brosnan’s first appearance as 007. One of my favorite scenes is when a former Russian KGB officer turned mobster jokingly asks Bond if he wants his martini shaken, not stirred.
As for the cocktail, I was back to egg whites. I found this recipe on the CocktailDB and thought I’d give it a whirl.
- 2 oz rye whiskey
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1/8 oz bar syrup
- 3/4 oz grenadine
- 1/2 egg white
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker and shake to mix. Add 3-4 ice cubes and shake to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
The first flavor across my tongue was the lemon, followed by the fruit of the grenadine and then the rye. I had used Jim Beam for the rye, which is on the mellower side. I had also cut down on the lemon from the original recipe, which called for 1-1/2 ounces of lemon juice. That was just too much and overpowered the drink. The egg white, in addition to adding a frothy “head” to the drink that is visually appealing also added a slight creaminess to the drink. Overall, very nice and a nice compliment to the action from 007 on the screen.
Notice that I initially mixed this drink without ice. I did so to create more of an emulsification with the egg. Doing so warm creates a better and more airy mixture. Add the ice after you’ve given this a good hard shake and then shaking gently will maintain that airiness while chilling the cocktail.