Rattle Snake
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Rattle Snake
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.8 / 5
Originally featured in Harry Craddock’s famous 'The Savoy Cocktail Book' of 1930. The book says about this cocktail: "So called because it will either cure Rattlesnake bite, or kill Rattlesnakes, ... more Originally featured in Harry Craddock’s famous 'The Savoy Cocktail Book' of 1930. The book says about this cocktail: "So called because it will either cure Rattlesnake bite, or kill Rattlesnakes, or make you see them".
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Base ingredient
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Rye Whiskey
Garnish
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Lemon, bitters
Alcohol content
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27.53% | 2.12 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Rattle Snake offers a bold blend of rye whiskey and lemon juice, with a daring dash of absinthe that electrifies the palate. The frothy texture introduced by the egg white softens the potent flavors, producing a balanced and invigorating drink.

Method
How to make a Rattle Snake

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until thoroughly mixed and chilled
Remove the ice and dry shake again
Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass
Garnish with a lemon zest twist and a few dashes of bitters and serving
~ The lemon juice should be sweetened. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Dry  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Zest  ·  Twist  ·  Bitters  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you properly incorporate the egg white into the Rattle Snake cocktail to achieve the desired texture?

To properly incorporate the egg white into the Rattle Snake cocktail, first, separate the egg white from the yolk and add it to the shaker without any ice. Add the other ingredients (Absinthe, Lemon Juice, and Rye Whiskey) to the shaker. Dry shake (shake without ice) vigorously for about 15 seconds to emulsify the egg white. After the dry shake, add ice to the shaker and shake again vigorously until well chilled. This two-step process helps achieve a silky smooth texture and a frothy top when poured into the cocktail glass.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another type of whiskey for the Rye Whiskey in a Rattle Snake cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute another type of whiskey for the Rye Whiskey in a Rattle Snake cocktail, but it will slightly alter the flavor profile. Bourbon, with its sweeter notes, can be a good alternative, providing a smoother, slightly sweeter drink. However, the unique spiciness of rye whiskey typically complements the sharpness of the lemon juice and the complexity of the absinthe better. If you're looking for a close match in flavor, opt for a high-rye bourbon for a similar spicy kick.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnish complements the Rattle Snake cocktail?

A garnish of a lemon twist works beautifully with the Rattle Snake cocktail. The oils expressed from the lemon twist add a refreshing citrus aroma that complements the tangy lemon juice and balances the strong flavors of rye whiskey and absinthe. Simply twist a lemon peel over the cocktail to release its oils and then drop it into the drink or rub the rim of the glass with the peel for an extra burst of lemon scent right before serving.

DIETARY_CONSIDERATIONS

Is the Rattle Snake cocktail suitable for a gluten-free diet?

The Rattle Snake cocktail can be suitable for a gluten-free diet, but it depends on the specific brands of rye whiskey and absinthe used, as some may contain gluten or be cross-contaminated during production. Generally, distilled spirits are considered gluten-free due to the distillation process removing gluten proteins. However, it's important for individuals with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity to check with the manufacturer to ensure their specific brands are safe for consumption.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in a Rattle Snake cocktail compare to other classic cocktails?

The Rattle Snake cocktail has an alcohol content of 27.53%, placing it in the mid to high range of alcohol content for classic cocktails. It is stronger than light cocktails such as the Mojito or Pimm's Cup, which typically range from 10-20% alcohol by volume (ABV). However, it is slightly less potent than some spirit-forward drinks like the Old Fashioned or Martini, which can exceed 30% ABV. Its balanced strength makes the Rattle Snake cocktail suitable for sipping and enjoying the nuanced flavors without being overwhelmingly strong.

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