Rattlesnake
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Rattlesnake
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.6 / 5
The Rattlesnake cocktail is a tantalizing mix boasting a harmonious blend of flavors that pack a punch. This drink combines the spicy warmth of rye whiskey with the anise-like undertones ... more The Rattlesnake cocktail is a tantalizing mix boasting a harmonious blend of flavors that pack a punch. This drink combines the spicy warmth of rye whiskey with the anise-like undertones of absinthe, balanced beautifully with the brightness of lemon juice and smoothed out by the richness of egg and the sweetness of sugar syrup. Traditionally served in a cocktail glass, the Rattlesnake offers a sophisticated flavor profile that entices the palate with its complexity and depth. Perfect for cocktail aficionados seeking a drink with character and a hint of mystery, the Rattlesnake promises an unforgettable sipping experience.
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Base ingredient
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Rye Whiskey
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14.46% | 1.2 units *
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Classic
Shaken

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
30ml 1oz 3cl
3 dashes 3 dashes 3 dashes
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Rattlesnake is an adventurous cocktail for those who appreciate a drink with depth and a striking balance of flavors. The warmth of the rye whiskey pairs excellently with the unique, herbal notes of absinthe, while the lemon juice adds a necessary zest that cuts through the richness of the egg and the mild sweetness of the syrup, crafting a complex beverage that's both bold and refreshingly intricate.

Method
How to make a Rattlesnake

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by combining all your ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, or until the shaker feels frosty on the outside, indicating the mix is well chilled
Next, strain the mixture back into your shaker, but this time, remove the ice to proceed with a dry shake
Without the ice, shake again for another 10-15 seconds to aerate the mix, creating a smoother texture
Finally, fine strain the frothy liquid into a chilled glass to serve, ensuring a sleek presentation without any ice shards or pulp

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

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Back  ·  Dry  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Rattlesnake cocktail?

The Rattlesnake cocktail is believed to have originated in the early 20th century. It is often associated with the Prohibition era in the United States, where cocktails became complex to mask the taste of poorly made illegal spirits. Its exact origin, however, is not clearly documented, making it a beverage shrouded in some mystery.

FAQ

Why is it called a Rattlesnake cocktail?

The name 'Rattlesnake' might be attributed to its potent combination of ingredients, particularly the use of rye whiskey and absinthe, which can 'bite' or 'sting' like a rattlesnake. The effect of the cocktail might similarly sneak up on consumers, making the name fitting for its impact.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the rye whiskey in a Rattlesnake cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute rye whiskey in a Rattlesnake cocktail, but this will alter the classic taste. Bourbon is a common substitute, offering a sweeter profile. Keep in mind that the substitution may change the cocktail's characteristics and flavor balance.

FAQ

Is the egg in the Rattlesnake cocktail raw, and is it safe to consume?

Yes, the egg in the Rattlesnake cocktail is raw, specifically the egg white is used to add texture and a frothy head. Consuming raw egg whites is generally considered safe for most people, though there is a slight risk of salmonella. Using pasteurized eggs or egg whites can reduce this risk.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should I serve a Rattlesnake cocktail to best enjoy its flavors?

A Rattlesnake cocktail should be served cold in a pre-chilled cocktail glass. The drink should be shaken vigorously with ice before being strained into the glass to create a smooth texture and frothy top. The cold temperature and frothy texture enhance the complex interplay of flavors from the rye whiskey, absinthe, and lemon juice.

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