The cocktail menu at the Teddy Roosevelt-themed underground bar Rough Rider is inspired by Bartenders Guide, America’s first cocktail book. Written by Jerry Thomas and printed in 1862, the guide introduced the world to the flip, a classic cocktail containing egg, sugar and a spirit or fortified wine. Riffing on the flip, general manager Jarrett Reynolds created this foamy, feminine cocktail blending a whole egg with almond-flavored cream liqueur, house-made walnut orgeat and Armagnac, France’s oldest brandy. It’s a sexy, grown-up sipper that breathes elegance and romance.
Orchestrated romance, that is. The orgeat takes planning. For the cocktail: Put 2 oz. Armagnac, ¼ oz. Tempus Fugit Crème de Noyaux, ¼ oz. Giffard vanilla liqueur, ¾ oz. walnut orgeat*, ½ oz water and one whole egg in a mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain ice and, using a milk frother, blend ingredients until foamy. Peel a lemon and squeeze it, pith side up, into the glass.
*Use common store-bought almond orgeat for an easy substitution. Or visit phoenixmag.com/drinkthis for the full walnut orgeat recipe.
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