Alaska Sour, per Morris American Bar

Because sometimes you’ve just got to go home and make the wonderful drink the bartender was kind enough to write on a postcard as you left the bar the night before.

With thanks to Noel at Morris American Bar, a brilliant newish craft bar in DC:

The Alaska Sour

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 oz gin
  • .5 oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • .5 lemon juice
  • .5 simple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Dry shake all ingredients like your ulna is on fire. [Dry shaking means shake without ice. You do it to emulsify the egg.]

Fill shaker 2/3 with ice; shake like your radius is on fire.

As the photo shows, I’ve never developed good dry shaking skills, and my foam is weak.

But even in my hands this is a lovely drink, a simple gin sour enlivened by the herby, honeyed Chartreuse and mellowed with eggy cream.

Alaska? Kind of looks like a far north landscape, I guess.

Author: Craig Stoltz

Federal public servant in digital communications; graduate of Leadership for a Democratic Society executive training. Former Washington Post journalist, entrepreneur, ex-Time.com Top 25 blogger. Empty-nest householder. Foodie. But most importantly: Citizen of a certain age hoping to make a contribution at a pivotal point in American history.

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