Monday, February 18, 2013

gloom lifter

1 jigger Irish Whiskey (1 1/2 oz Knappogue Castle)
1/2 tsp Brandy (1/4 oz Foret)
Juice 1/2 Lemon (1/2 oz)
1/2 spoon Sugar (omit)
1/2 pony Raspberry Syrup (1/2 oz)
1/4 pony Egg White (1 Egg White)

Shake once without ice and once with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

After the Lankershim Fizz, I still had lemon juice left over, so I began to peruse the Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book for a good use of it. The one I spotted was an Irish whiskey and touch of brandy version of the gin-based Clover Club called the Gloom Lifter. Since the Clover Club is one of my favorite egg white drinks, I decided to give this variation a try.
gloom lifter waldorf astoria
The whiskey contributed to the Gloom Lifter's aroma along with a vague fruit note from the lemon and raspberry. The malt and lemon on the sip was joined by a tart berry note, and the whiskey led off the swallow that ended with a raspberry finish. The whiskey seemed to take the drink in a different direction than the Clover Club such that it was less raspberry and citrus driven.

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