Ok, here’s a quick riddle for you. What has no coffee in it and isn’t technically a cocktail? Give up? It’s this week’s drink, the Coffee Cocktail. So named not because of its ingredients but rather for its appearance when mixed properly. Why not a true cocktail? Well when the word cocktail originated it meant a blend of spirits, sugar, water and bitters. You’ll note in the recipe no bitters, thus not really a cocktail. But, that also applies to a lot of favorite drinks. So to hell with the old school rules, I’m calling it a cocktail and it’s going to be delicious.
The Coffee Cocktail (Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails)
1 oz Brandy 1 egg 2-3 oz Ruby Port 1 tsp Sugar
1) Pour brandy into an ice filled shaker 2) Add egg, port and sugar 3) Shake and strain into a goblet 4) Top with grated nutmeg
There’s one particular part of this week’s recipe that has really piqued my interest. Namely, the inclusion of an entire egg. I’ve done plenty of drink with an egg white, but the only beverage I’ve had with a full egg is eggnog. Intriguing.