|Bunny in all her glory|
Far and away our most popular cocktail at Compere Lapin is the Andromeda. When Ricky set our bar in motion he was determined to have an egg white cocktail be our vodka cocktail. I will admit. I was skeptical at first. After three years in the French Quarter, I lost some of the fight in me to challenge guests to go outside their comfort zone. But a Vodka cocktail is inherently approachable and that is in my wheelhouse. So we set to work on a vodka egg white cocktail. The first one, delicious Fontanarosa, had beet juice too! Talk about throwing uneasy vodka drinkers under the bus!
The next one used the new bartender ketchup, Gifford's Pamplemousse Rose (Grapefruit), El Guapo Rose Cordial, honey syrup and a near split base of Pisco and St George Green Chili Vodka. I love that sometimes when you create a complex drink, it has very simple origins. This, to me, is essentially a pisco sour variation. But it is so much more. The 50/50 sugar/salt rim mixed with the green chili makes it reminiscent of a margarita. The rose and grapefruit are unique and all the flavors come together to be a sum even greater than its parts.
And when Ricky carved out that rabbit stencil, all bets are off. This cocktail is a showstopper.
Now we have to have back up quarts of egg whites to get through a night of service. Andromedas go flying out all night long. My pisco guy loves me.
Oh and the name? Andromeda is the galaxy closest to our own and is known for bumping into other galaxies so look out! It is also the only name I wanted to change mine to when I was a child. I was really obsessed with Clash of the Titans at the time. Harry Hamlin. Still would.
Andromeda1 oz Pisco
3/4 oz St George Green Chili Vodka
1/2 oz Gifford Pamplemousse Rose
1/2 oz El Guapo Rose Cordial
1/4 oz Honey syrup (2:1)
3/4 oz lime
1/2 oz egg white
Stake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a 50/50 sugar salt half rim
top with Peychauds bitters.