My Sherry Amore: Pink Grapefruit and Vodka Sour
This cocktail is dangerous, so smooth you hardly notice the booze. Inspired by a Pisco Sour with Vodka for kick, Sherry for a hint of herbaceous wine, Pink Grapefruit to impart a romantic pleasing color and citrus zest, egg white to make it smooth and frothy, and just a dash of bitters to bring it all together. And after all, what is amore without a dash of bitter?
I used a fresh egg white but if that heebs you out I’ve read that the pasteurized egg whites you can buy in a carton also work. I’ve never used an egg white in a homemade cocktail before but now I think I’m hooked. It adds a silky smoothness and makes everything so pretty. I shudder to think of all the sours I drank over the years made with bottled sour mix. I’ll never go back. It’s homemade from here on out.
Since I’ve started the cocktail and poetry tradition I will continue it today with this untitled piece:
The tongue of the serpent and the tongue
of the dog meet, fork and spoon,
opposites but the same, welded together
by myth and a desire to see heaven
dangling like diamonds from the hand of a god.
God of rain, god of thunder, god of sky,
god of monsoon rain. That which destroys
ignorance but is itself indestructible, a bolt
that sears, fuses the and fish and crocodile,
nested in the petals of a lotus, waiting
for the sound of an empty bell.
- 1 ½ ounces vodka
- ½ ounce dry/fino sherry
- Four Ounces Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
- 1 Tablespoon egg white
- 2-4 dashes orange bitters
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice (the bigger the cubes the better). Shake vigorously and strain into a highball glass or Champagne flute. Garnish with 4-8 drops of Orange Bitters.