Monday, December 03, 2007

Mixology Monday: Silver Gin Fizz

Jeffrey forgot to read the instructions for hosting Mixology Monday. It's only 10 pm where I am, and he posted the wrap-up hours ago. The idea is to collect all the posts, and then post the wrap-up. That boy is not quite right, but I admit he is doing a lot to turn Repeal Day into a national holiday.

For my Repeal Day inspiration, I turned to Eric Felten's "How's Your Drink?" This book provides plenty of recipes and smoothly weaves back story and anecdote with every recipe. Felten is an accomplished Jazz musician and I think his sense of pace and timing shine through in his writing. This brand new book is fun, engaging read and a must-have for any cocktail fan. (The holiday season is here, hint, hint...)

When I think of prohibition-era drinks, I tend to think of gin fizzes.

Here's the Silver Gin Fizz from "How's Your Drink?"

Silver Gin Fizz
juice of 1/2 a lemon
juice of 1/2 a lime (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg white
2 oz. gin
chilled soda water

Shake juice, sugar, egg and gin with ice. Then shake it some more. Don't stop shaking it yet. If you're using pasteurized egg whites, keep shaking. Once you're worn out, strain into a fizz or highball glass (don't put any ice in the glass). Top the frothy mix with a few ounces of cold soda water.

Celebrate Repeal Day this year with a few Silver Gin Fizzes and drink to your constitutional freedom to drink. You can get Eric Felten's book at amazon or pick it up at your local booksellers. All the details about Repeal Day are at And you've probably already read the wrap-up over at Jeffrey Morgenthaler's website, right?


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