The idea of egg whites in cocktails might be slowly gaining social acceptance, but there are still plenty of people who find the idea at least a little uncomfortable, if not downright strange. If you consider yourself amongst such groups, let the consolingly classical combination of bacon and maple syrup, and, er, vodka, ease your qualms.
The autumnal cousin of the Whiskey Sour, the Chase Maple Sour combines smoked vodka with maple syrup, Angostura Bitters, lemon juice, and of course egg whites, to create a drink that is as silky as it is satisfying. The sugary earthiness of maple syrup adds a complex sweetness to the drink, whilst the egg white plays its part by adding a velvety texture and distinctive foamy cap. Crowned with a strip of dried bacon, consider this the (unofficial) solution to stopping tomorrow’s hangover in its tracks.
We hardly need tell you that, whatever ingredients you try to elevate it with, your average supermarket-bought vodka just won’t make the cut.
Chase distillery is nestled in the Herefordshire countryside, on the same farm which grows the potatoes used create their spirits. Careful and sustainable single-estate management ensures that their vodka and gin has quite literally been produced from field to bottle, and is as superior in quality as it is meticulously cared for.
Testimony to this is their English Oak Smoked Vodka, made in small batches and blended with water that has been smoked in the borehole of their smokehouse. Its combination of the delicate bitterness of charcoal, and the sweet, moreish notes of liquorice perfectly qualify it to be drunk neat and chilled. However, in our humble opinion, it’s well worth the few extra minutes it takes to make the Maple Sour.
- Chase Smoked Vodka
- 50ml Maple Syrup
- 12.5ml Angostura bitters
- 2 dash Fresh Lemon Juice
- 12.5ml Fresh Egg white
- Fresh dried bacon strip
Add all ingredients to a shaker. Dry shake, then add cubed ice and shake vigorously again. Double strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with the dried bacon strip.
Chase English Oak Smoked Vodka
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