Name That Cocktail: The Stiff Upper Lip

The best drink to loosen up a boring, moneyed crowd

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Q: Help! I'm throwing a dinner party for my old college friends who aren't exactly down with Fireball, if you know what I mean. They're all WASPs, so I want to make something to loosen their tight hindquarters while still keeping their noses at an appropriate height of approval. What should I serve?

Janet S., Freeport, Maine

A: We've got the perfect cocktail for you and your ascot-wearing buds. It's refined in palate but boozy enough to get the conversation going somewhere other than what the Dow is doing (and obviously comes in an elegant coupe glass). Make it nice and foamy, because we all know it's much harder to look down your nose at a drink if it's covered in foam. And the vodka and St-Germain are sure to liven up Muffy and the Van der Plymp twins.

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

The Stiff Upper Lip
5 from 1 ratings
When your dinner party's guest list is a little stuffy, loosen them up with this floral egg white cocktail.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
0
minutes
Servings
1
cocktail
Total time: 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • For the Demerara Syrup
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup demerara sugar cubes
  • For the Cocktail
  • 1 egg white
  • 1¾ ounces Belvedere Vodka
  • ¼ ounce St-Germain
  • ¼ ounce demerara syrup
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Edible flower, for garnish
Directions
  1. Make the demerara syrup: On the stove or in a kettle, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat. In a quart container, add the demerara sugar cubes and the hot water, and stir with a fork until well dissolved.
  2. Make the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker, shake the egg white vigorously until it's foamy. Add the vodka, St-Germain, demerara syrup and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until the cocktail shaker is frosty. Strain into a chilled coupe glass, garnish with the flower and serve.
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