Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Dusky Maiden


This is another recipe using Forbidden Fruit, something I found on the Lee Spirits website. Though I didn't buy Forbidden Fruit, I made it, they have been helpful with recipes to use in this newly revived liqueur. 

The Dusky Maiden is one of those thick and spirituous egg white cocktails that have no acidity except what comes with the liqueur. That means that the grapefruit and bitterness, as well as the sweetness needed to provide egg white foam that lasts, all comes from the liqueurs. The only other element is whiskey. For that I chose Ancient Age, mostly because I had a lot of it. The recipe called for Canadian Club, and that means smoothness. A blend of any kind would do the trick, but experiment with the types of whiskey you use. I think the point of calling for a Canadian blended whiskey is that you are not supposed to notice it as much as, say, a rye.

Overall, this is a winner. I've seen similar cocktails done with berry liqueurs and cognac, and I feel this was very similar. I'm not sure what that has to do with maidens and dusk, but the name is nice as well.

  • 1 1/2 oz. Canadian Club (Ancient Age blended bourbon used)
  • 3/4 oz. Forbidden Fruit (homemade used)
  • several dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 tsp. egg white

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake hard to generate foam. Add ice and shake again to chill. Remove ice while retaining the cocktail and shake a final time. This is an important step that adds beautiful froth. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

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