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Snooth User: gr

Recipe: the Dry September Morn

Posted by gr, Dec 10, 2008.

So I got my copy of Harrington's (out-of-print) "Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/06... ) today, and I figured I should try one of its featured (ie, pictured, rather than just having the recipe) drinks. I'd also been considering playing around with rum (a spirit with which I'm not very familiar) and have had on the back of my mind getting started on making drinks that include egg whites.

All of that came together, at a random flip into the glossy section of Harrington's, with a modification of the Clover Club, which I'll go ahead and call the Dry September Morn. Here 'tis:


Harrington asserts, separately, on his Clover Club (2 parts gin, one part lemon juice, 1/4 oz grenadine/raspberry syrup, 2 tspns egg white), "For a drier taste, try 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur instead of a syrup," and, "When rum is used instead of gin, accordin to 'The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book', a September Morn is made." So that should give you an idea of where we're headed here...

3 oz light rum (I used 10 Cane)
the juice of 1/2 a small lemon (about 1 oz)
1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
one egg's white (slightly over 2 tspns)

Remove the spring from a Hawthorn strainer (the kind that has a spring; see http://www.drinkboy.com/BarTools/St... ), place it and several cubes of cracked ice in a shaker. Add all the ingredients and shake for at least 30 seconds (to mix the egg whites thoroughly with the alcohol, on the principle of killing off the bugs), strain into either a cocktail glass or a wine goblet, garnish with a lemon wheel.

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Reply by RachelNYC, Dec 19, 2008.

Haha! In my morning bleary eyed only 1 cup of coffee state I read this a a Dry September Mom and was really confused why anyone would want to call a drink that.

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Reply by fibo86, Dec 27, 2008.

Hey gr do you bar tend? or just have a love of cocktails? There are some fab cocktail recipies avalible. PS i love the spring in the shaker rather than having to spend 30mins shaking because of the egg white.........Perfect tip!

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Reply by gr, Dec 28, 2008.

Only amateurly (but I'm friends with several, including another Snooth user who's been two busy working in two and sometimes three northeast corridor cities to contribute here), yes, and you're welcome.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Dec 29, 2008.

I think "two busy working" certainly captures the mysterious absent Snooth user's current life appropriately.

I second fibo's kudos on the Hawthorn spring tip. I always knew there was a use for that thing!

Have you any opinion on whether organic eggs are any better (safer) for cocktails? While I love the Clover Club and Ramos Gin Fizz, I also plan on making some Tom & Jerry's when the weather gets cold again.

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Reply by RachelNYC, Dec 29, 2008.

The only way to make a raw egg "safe" is to buy the eggs that are already pasteurized in the shell. I can not tell the difference, as far as taste or texture, in the hollandaise sauce and other things I make with them. I am sure they would be quite passable and a much safer alternative in cocktails as well.

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Reply by gr, Dec 30, 2008.

I mostly buy my eggs from the farm stand in Reading Terminal Market (in Philly), RBoulanger, but I was going to suggest the same thing as RachelNYC for the paranoid. Remember that there's a non-trivial volume of alcohol in that glass too, so the effectiveness of any bugs in that slurry are questionable.

The thing is that a mild case of salmonella just means you kind of have the runs the next time you make a bowel movement. This happens to anybody who eats out semi-frequently periodically, and none of us really think of it as "poisoning": certainly the sort of food poisoning that makes one sick to one's stomach is far worse.

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Reply by RachelNYC, Dec 30, 2008.

The sheer amount of alcohol would more than likely make the drink safe for all but children, pregnant women, and the elderly. I am making the assumption that you guys don't go out plying pregnant women with mixed drinks.

I don't think a bit of concern about raw eggs falls under being paranoid, there can be some serious consequences to ingesting them. For most healthy adults the most common symptoms of mild salmonella poisoning are fairly trivial, but the occasional alternative isn't pretty and could be lethal.

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Reply by gr, Dec 30, 2008.

That makes sense, RachelNYC, and "paranoid" is perhaps too strong a word. I've certainly been served several drinks with unpasteurized egg whites in the same evening without ill effect, but pasteurization is the safest choice.

In other news, I plan to make this drink with the far more exciting Rhum JM tonight.

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Reply by gr, Dec 31, 2008.

Rhum J.M. (from Martinique; good luck finding it in the US without some sort of Connection) is a winner for this. Even working with pretty lousy citrus, it makes a Fine drink.

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Reply by gr, Dec 31, 2008.

Oh, and file under either "ways to embarrass gr" or "tales of gr's sleight of hand", I made three of these in a single shaker this evening, and when I cracked the second egg, I lost the yolk into the shaker, but managed to recover it UNBROKEN fishing around with a spoon. I also made two pizzas on a grill, but extracting that yolk was really my high point for the evening.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Dec 31, 2008.

It must be those strong midwestern eggs!

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Reply by gr, Jan 1, 2009.

Hey, we build 'em strong here: periodically we do that (regionally, anyway) for presidential candidates. ;^P

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jan 6, 2009.

True d'at.

Although I believe that Missouri specifically hasn't had any other serious contenders than the Senator from Pendergast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr2Q...

On a side note... I'd love to hear the "mysterious absent Snooth user's" take on the whole egg thing.


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