In the world of whisky cocktails, a Rattlesnake won’t kill you with its bite. Rather, its ‘poison’ will leave you happily inebriated. The Rattlesnake cocktail is an interesting mix of contrasting flavours—whisky, egg white, syrup and lime—perfectly balancing out each other. There are subtle differences in the drink when it is mixed with different whiskies and syrup. While bourbon and maple syrup makes Rattlesnake a greatly balanced refresher, rye whiskey and simple syrup gives it an extra peppery bite.
To enjoy a Rattlesnake, you don’t need an occasion. Then again, with close friends, this smooth and frothy delight becomes an intoxicating indulgence. Its sweet, sour, herbal, and punchy notes ideally goes well with Italian food. A sumptuous meal with Spaghetti Aglio e Olio and Rattlesnake is definitely recommended. A few drinks down, it is hard not love its heady buzz. Harry Craddock in his ‘The Savoy Cocktail Book’ (1930) aptly quipped that a Rattlesnake cocktail could either cure its bite, kill one, or even make you see one.
While molecular mixology is grabbing worldwide attention, classical mixers like Rattlesnake are a reminder of how the age-old pantry staples can come together to become a winner.
Mix Your Own Drink
For this recipe, you can try different kinds of whiskies and find the one that suits your taste.
First, chill your cocktail glass in the freezer. In a shaker, pour in 60 ml whisky, 22 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice, 22 ml of egg white, 15 ml syrup, and about 8 ml absinthe (for extra punch). Shake the shaker vigorously for a minute. Add in a few cubes of ice and shake again for another minute. Strain the frothy mixture into the chilled cocktail glass. You can serve as is or garnish it with a dash of Angostura bitters and fangs (for effect), if you have some.
The highball is probably one of the most common whisky drinks consumed around the world with the most famous variant being ye olde Scotch and Soda. However, the whisky highball can come in many shades but the most distinguishable feature of this mix is the tall glass of ice! The origin story of this familiar drink, however, has been lost in the meanders of time.
When the Austrian maestro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composed a comic opera by the name of The Marriage of Figaro in 1786, he took inspiration from Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’s 1784 play of the same name. Little did he know that it’d find a namesake in a suave whisky cocktail.