My kids have been home for 14 days. There’s snow outside to play in but oh wait– it’s been hovering around zero degrees for the entire time they’ve been on break. “It’s too cold!” they say from their basement lair they now live in.
Somebody get me a drink (Fine I’ll make one myself. Kids are the worst bartenders).
One bright sunny spot (all puns intended) for winter finally being here is the arrival of full blown citrus season! One of my very most favorite things in the whole world are Meyer lemons. Sunny, sweet, sort of tart, they embody the perfect citrus, and they start creeping into grocery stores this time of year. Not only are they delicious and practically perfect in every way (the Mary Poppins of citrus!),but a bowl of them is so floral and aromatic that you can smell them when you walk in and out of the kitchen. Sometimes I toss half of one in my garbage disposal and flip the switch just to huff the citrus fumes that come out of the sink! (I need to get out of the house….)
A few years ago they used to be pretty hard to find around us come January, but now Costco sells them by the BAG. Inevitably I start putting them into everything I can this time of year. A drink is no exception.
I immediately thought of a whiskey sour. Not because they are delicious and my friend brought a bottle of Maker’s 46 as a hostess gift a few weeks ago, no. I went to the sour-side because Meyer Lemons are the perfect amount of sour. I could cut back on the sugar (pretty sure this is a whole 30 approved cocktail) in a typical whiskey sour, while retaining the delightful pucker that comes with it. To add to it, I opted to add an egg white. I love the texture that an egg white adds to a cocktail and to be honest, more people should embrace them at home. Don’t be scared! Add raw eggs in your drinks! YOUR KIDS HAVE BEEN HOME FOR WEEKS! LIVE A LITTLE!
So. Ahem. Now that we have committed to the raw egg white. This drink couldn’t be easier. Lemon juice, whiskey, a touch of sugar, and one egg white and we are ready to roll. I also recently became the proud owner of these delicious bourbon cocktail cherries which obviously were just begging to be added as a garnish, although those are optional. Just add the ingredients to a shaker, add ice, and shake it up. Then shut the basement door where your kids are arguing or asking for food or whatever they might need, sit back, turn on some tunes (that new Justin Timberlake song comes to mind), and sip your Friday worries away.
Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sour
2 oz of your favorite whiskey
1 oz fresh meyer lemon juice
1 tsp grated meyer lemon zest
1/2 tsp sugar
1 raw egg white (optional, but encouraged)
Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake the crap out of it to fully aerate the egg white and chill all ingredients. Strain into coupe glass and garnish with lemon slice and cocktail cherries. Cheers!
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