Holiday Cocktail Countdown #12: Taste's Dear Elisabetta
|Shannon Ponche finishes Taste's holiday cocktail with a fireball of Angostura bitters and rum.|
As Shannon Ponche, another bartender, starts to prepare the drink, Kilgore tells us about the winter specialty cocktail that he recently devised and placed on the menu: "This is called Dear Elisabetta. It's a flip, which contains an entire egg."
Ponche pours small dribbles from several exotic-looking bottles into a shaker and gives it a very reserved swirl -- an unexpected move at a place where there is usually aerobic shaking going on behind the bar. Then, after cracking a fat white egg into the mix, she breaks into a truly efficacious shake.
"You really gotta get a good froth," explains Kilgore.
Ponche pours the drink into a little glass punch cup. It looks creamy and demure until she pulls out a lighter and misting sprayer. In characteristic understated fashion, Kilgore explains, "The drink is finished with a little Angostura [bitters] and rum."
Ponche ignites a crimson fireball onto the glass twice: once for taste, once to oblige the clamor of requests from those sitting at the bar.
Make this at home -- carefully. Gut Check doesn't want you to burn your house down.
1 oz Amaro Nonio
.5 oz Big O Ginger Liqueur
.5 oz Nux Alpine Walnut Liqueur
1 Whole Egg
Shake "till your hands freeze." Strain and finish with a torch of Angostura bitters and Stroh 160 Spiced Rum.