Tag: Summer Cocktail

The Rattlesnake: a cocktail

The Rattlesnake // Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

Sometimes, when you’re spending all day cooking, it’s important to spoil yourself with a cocktail break. And sometimes you are given an all access pass to someone’s liquor cabinet, and you have lots of cocktail blogs to choose from (There Will Be BourbonSpirited Alchemy5 o’clock cocktails…), and you finally pick one called the Rattlesnake, and whip up a batch for all the chefs in the kitchen. Just sometimes.

This cocktail is creamy and light, tasting kind of like a grown up lemon curd/lemon meringue drink. Adapted from There Will Be Bourbon, the recipe below makes enough for 6 drinks. When I’m making that amount, I like to use a trusty tupperware with a good seal instead of a shaker… it means you have to do less work by making all the drinks in one batch.

The Rattlesnake

Makes 6 cocktails


9 oz. bourbon
5 Tbl freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbl sambuca (the recipe called for absinthe, but you can use any anise-liqueur)
2 Tbl powdered sugar (or simple syrup, if you’ve got some around)
3 egg whites


Combine all of the ingredients in a tupperware (or cocktail shaker, if you’re only making 1 or 2) with ice. Shake it up! Until the egg whites get nice and frothy. If you want more froth, you can add more egg whites. I wasn’t initially going to add any but when I tasted it without them, it was VERY bourbon-y. So I added half as many as the original recipe called for (which is 1 per drink). I never really realized what egg white did to a drink other than create that frothy foam, but it really mellowed out the flavors. Add bits of whatever you like until it tastes how you want. Strain into glasses filled with ice. If you’re feeling fancy, you can garnish with a lemon peel, or a sprig of mint or rosemary.

Friday Finds 7:12:13

Please forgive the lack of posts I’ve been having lately! We were in Chicago last week, and I’m moving this weekend – so between the travel, the packing, the unpacking, the more packing, the even more unpacking, the settling into somewhere new, and saying goodbye to somewhere old, there hasn’t been much time. I still managed to get to the Friday Finds!

1. The Publican, Chicago, IL

The Publican, Chicago, IL // Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
The dining room at the Publican, Chicago, IL

Jonah and I ate at The Publican with my dad and Darla the night we got into Chicago. The space was very cool and the food was phenomenal. I recommend the pork belly.

2. Summer Cocktail

Summer cocktail from A Beautiful Mess // Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
Summer cocktail from A Beautiful Mess

This cocktail over on A Beautiful Mess looks absolutely perfect for a hot summer evening. It also looks super easy: just pineapple juice, mint, cucumber juice, and rum!

3. Restaurant Passport

Restaurant Passport // Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
Restaurant Passport

I spotted this idea on Pinterest, and while the original site seems to not be working, the idea is still brilliant. Jonah and I often have the “where should we go for dinner?” debate. This is a great idea to remind you of the places you’ve been wanting to go, and I think the idea of marking them off once you’ve been is really sweet.

4. Ways to use Hummus

Hummus Deviled Eggs // Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
Hummus Deviled Eggs

This slideshow from Bon Appetit with 10 ways to use hummus is brilliant. Hummus in salad dressing? Hummus in deviled eggs? There are certainly a few ideas I’d never have thought of.

5. Grilled Portobello Tacos

Grilled Portobello Tacos from A House in the Hills // Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
Grilled Portobello Tacos from A House in the Hills

Mushroom tacos sound delicious to me. Grilled portobello tacos? Even better. I’m not going to make my own tortillas the way Sarah from A House in the Hills did, but still. These look delicious.

6. Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto // Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

When I studied in London, I found this sun-dried tomato pesto at the grocery store near my flat that I ate all the time. I mean all the time. As in probably multiple times a week. This recipe for sun-dried tomato pesto looks like it’d be worth a shot, and may get me that much closer to recreating my favorite.