101 Best New Cocktails: Myrrah’s Passion by Lindsay Laubenstein, Enoteca Emilia, Cincinnati, OH
Adapted from a recipe by Lindsay Laubenstein, Enoteca Emilia, Cincinnati, OH
37.5 ml (1.25 oz) Buffalo Trace bourbon
15 ml (.5 oz) crème de violette
22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lemon juice
7.5 ml (.25 oz) simple syrup (made at 2:1 sugar/water ratio)
2 dashes Aphrodite Bitters, as an aromatic garnish
Shake the bourbon, crème de violette, lemon juice, and simple syrup over ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with egg white foam and the Aphrodite Bitters.
In a clean shaker, dry shake an egg white until a bit frothy. Add 1/2 tsp granulated or superfine sugar to shaker and continue to dry shake until desired density is achieved.
gaz sez: Aphrodite Bitters, by the by, are a “unique, hand-crafted cocktail ingredient” from Dr. Adam Elmegirab which take their name from the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. According to Adam, “The finest chocolate, cocoa nibs, ginger root, red chilli, Arabica coffee and ginseng are compounded to create a complex flavour profile with each botanical playing off and enhancing one another, when these bitters are made. No matter what Adam says, though, take it from me that these bitters work perfectly as an aromatic garnish. And I’m a sucker for a good aromatic garnish.
Beneath the garnish, though, you’ll find an intriguing cocktail wherein the Buffalo Trace is itching to play around with the crème de violette, and he succeeds, too, but the lemon juice and simple syrup are in the glass, too, so the whiskey reigns himself in a little to give them some space. Great compromise.