Millionaire

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Discerning Drinkers (16 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Photographed in an

UB Retro Coupe Gold 7.75oz

Garnish:

Dust with freshly grated nutmeg & optional small orange wedge on rim

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain back into shaker. DRY SHAKE with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

1 1/2 fl oz Bourbon whiskey
1/2 fl oz Orange Curaçao liqueur
1/6 fl oz Raspberry (framboise) sugar syrup
1/6 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
3 dash La Fée Parisienne absinthe
1/2 fl oz Pasteurised egg white or Aquafaba (chickpea water) or 3 dashes Fee Brothers Fee Foam cocktail foamer
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Hazardous ingredients

Pasteurised egg white is potentially hazardous to those with allergy or intolerance.

AKA:

Millionaire Royal

Review:

Delicately sweet with whiskey-laced, zesty citrus, rich berry fruit and a hint of aniseed, is smoothed and rounded by egg white.

Your choice of grenadine or raspberry syrup (my preference) will significantly impact the flavour and colour of your Millionaire.

History:

There are numerous cocktails that go by the name Millionaire but this cocktail (based on rye whiskey with curacao, raspberry syrup/grenadine and egg white, usually with orange bitters &/or absinthe &/or lemon juice) first appears in Jacques Straub's 1914 Manual of Mixed Drinks.

Millionaire Cocktail.
1 dash orange bitters.
6 dashes curaçao.
¾ jigger rye whiskey.
2 dashes grenadine syrup.
1 white of egg.
Stir well. Serve in claret glass.

Jacques Straub, 1914

Another version appears in Harry MacElhone's 1923 "Harry" of Ciro's ABC of Mixing Cocktails (second impression)

Millionaire Cocktail.
1 white of a Fresh Egg. 2 dashes of Curaçao (orange), 1 teaspoonful of Grenadine, ⅔ Rye Whisky. Shake well. Strain into cocktail glass.
(Recipe from Ritz Hotel, London.)

Harry MacElhone, 1926

Our recipe has been adapted from a recipe in David Embury's 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks where he helpfully says, "in my opinion, it is improved by the addition of a small quantity of lemon juice. Two or three dashes of absinthe for each drink convert this cocktail into the Millionaire Royal."

Nutrition:

One serving of Millionaire contains 209 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.4 standard drinks
  • 23.12% alc./vol. (46.24° proof)
  • 19.9 grams of pure alcohol
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