I've been in a Western mood ever since falling in love with Her Prairie Knight by B.M. Bower, so I thought today's Vintage Happy Hour would be the perfect time to brush up on my Western drinking history!
1 ½ oz blended whiskey
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ tsp absinthe (or anise liqueur)
½ tsp simple syrup (or powdered sugar)
1 egg white
Combine all ingredients with ice, shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.
Description of the Rattlesnake from the book:
It will either cure rattlesnake bite, or kill rattlesnakes, or make you see them.
As with most cocktails, there are a lot of different recipes floating around. There's the Texas Rattlesnake, Missouri Rattlesnake, and Beretta Rattlesnake, to name a few. If you're a little squeamish about the absinthe and the egg white, check out the tamer, tropical variation of the Rattlesnake in this Bartending Bootcamp video:
While I can appreciate the merits of the classic recipe, the tamer version is more my style. I can just picture myself in an Old West saloon, sauntering up to the bar and ordering a Rattlesnake. Of course, back then a man ordering a "fancy" drink may have been given a hard time by the tough guys in the place, but as a woman I'll enjoy my prerogative to have a fancy drink once in a while. Join Me?
Photo Credits: Foodspotting.com, TahoesOldTimePhoto.com
POSTED BY: Jenny Q
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