I did some Wikipedia-ing for you, which makes this post the digest of the digest. The really lo-fi version of the 1870s, condensed. Here’s what happened in the 1870s:
-The French fought the Prussians, the British fought the Zulu Kingdom, Spain fought Carlist insurgents, and the Ottoman Empire fought basically everyone. Chill the flip out, 1870s!
-Africa’s only native bear went extinct.
-The Gilded Age began in America. The British Empire continued to grow.
-Along with the telephone prototype, the light bulb, and phonograph (big whoop, right?), the whiskey sour was devised.
So, in a few words: rough times, awesome inventions.
The egg white in this drink is optional–if you leave it out, you just have a classic whiskey sour. It adds a bit of a foamy head to the cocktail, which I enjoy. It just feels more sumptuous. Either way, this is a simple retro classic.
Make it tonight! Enjoy it next to your messy nightstand. Do it for Africa’s last Atlas bear. We haven’t forgotten you, big guy (or gal).
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1 shot bourbon whiskey
1/2 shot fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup (or more to taste; I like my drinks less sweet)
1 teaspoon egg white* (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds or so., then strain into a lowball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon and/or a Maraschino cherry.
*Raw egg note: Don’t do this if you’re worried about salmonella or other food-borne illnesses. To reduce the risk, use pasteurized, clean, fresh, properly refrigerated eggs. Or skip the egg altogether.