The tome that yielded the most tempting recipe was William Schmidt's The Flowing Bowl. There, the Morning Delight stood out as an obvious choice by the name alone. Upon further inspection, the drink shared a lot of similarities with the Morning Glory Fizz. Both contain an egg white to fortify, absinthe to settle the stomach, citrus to replenish vitamins, whiskey to provide some hair of the dog, and soda water to lighten the load and make the medicine go down easier.
The Morning DelightFirst off, I have to admit that I made a pair of these at night and did not try to evaluate them as a morning drink proper. It seems slightly disingenuous, but it fit into my schedule better. The Fizz started out with an anise aroma from the absinthe. The sip was rather gentle and contained sherry and lime flavors with a hint of the absinthe, and the swallow showcased the absinthe a little better along with the whiskey flavors. Originally, I was afraid that the absinthe was going to dominate the drink in an unpleasant way; however, it was not overpowering. Indeed, the drink was light and smooth from the soda water, egg white, and orange juice, and I could definitely see drinking this in the morning as we have done with Ramos Gin Fizzes.
• 1 Egg White
• Juice of 1 Lime (3/4 oz)
• Juice of 1/2 Orange (3/4 oz)
• 1 spoon Sugar (1/4 oz Florida Crystals)
• 1/2 pony Absinthe (1/2 oz Kübler)
• 1 pony Whiskey (1 oz Bulleit Bourbon)
• 1/2 pony Sherry (1/2 oz Lustau East India Solera)
• 2 dash Calisaya (1/4 oz Amer Picon)
Stir citrus with sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add rest of ingredients and dry shake. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a Fizz glass, top with soda water (2-3 oz), stir, and add a straw.
So cheers to Kevin for being the alarm clock for this month's Mixology Monday and to Paul Clarke for keeping the neighborhood kids quiet until noon for this fine event series!