Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Pere Bise

In French, this cocktail is called "Father Kiss." I'm hoping it is a chaste kiss, which is why I am showing off my Sacre Coeur Basilica coaster. I got it from the gift shop there years ago.

This is another one of those cases where blended whiskey is the recommended base spirit, but feel free to take it in any direction you want with the exception, maybe, of blended scotch. Blended whiskey is usually very malleable in terms of a spirit category. So I usually opt for flavors that compliment the rest of the ingredients. You could use Bourbon and send it sweeter, and a scotch would add sweetness and smoke. But this is already an herbaceous and citrusy drink. With an egg white in it, I wouldn't want to risk going too rich. That's why I've got the lemon whiskey out for it.

Overall, this is a very classy Egg Sour kind of cocktail with the pastis there just to suggest French herbs de Marseilles. It is interesting that in this instance the recipe calls for keeping the ice, which I think tames the foam. Next time I'd like to see what would happen if I really got a foamy top on this glass. Without ice, I'd have the room to do that.
  • 1 1/2 oz. blended whiskey (MurLarkey lemon whiskey used)
  • 1/2 oz. Cherry Herring
  • 1/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 egg white (or double the recipe and make two so you can drink them both)
  • several dashes Pernod (Ricard used)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a Sour glass

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