Colleen Bawn

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (18 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Dust with freshly grated cinnamon & nutmeg

How to make:

BEAT egg and pour into shaker. Add other ingredients, SHAKE with ice and strain back into shaker. DRY SHAKE (without ice) and strain into chilled glass.

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Hazardous ingredients

Egg (white & yolk) is potentially hazardous to those with allergy or intolerance.

Review:

A hearty drink that's best suited to a winter's night – perhaps a night with little food as it's something of a meal in itself.

History:

Colleen Bawn is an anglicization of the Gaelic 'cailín bán', meaning girl or young woman. The Colleen Bawn (or The Brides of Garryowen) is also the title of a melodramatic play written by Irish playwright, Dion Boucicault and first performed 27th March 1860 at Miss Laura Keene's Theatre, New York City.

The first recipe for the Colleen Bawn cocktail appears in print in Frederick and Seymour Davies' 1986 book Drinks of All Kinds For All Seasons and is repeated, almost verbatim, in Edward Spencer's 1903 The Flowing Bowl.

Colleen Bawn
Put into a small tumbler one egg well beaten, with a teaspoon of icing sugar, one-third of a wineglass of yellow chartreuse, one-third of a wineglass of benedictine, one-third of a wineglass of old rye whisky ; shake well, strain, add dust with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pink sugar.

Frederick and Seymour Davies, Drinks of All Kinds For All Seasons, 1896

Colleen Bawn
Small tumbler, one egg beaten, with a teaspoonful of sugar, one-third of a wineglass of yellow chartreuse, and like quantities respectively of benedictine and rye whisky ; shake well, strain, add dust with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pink sugar.

Edward Spencer, The Flowing Bowl, 1903

Alcohol content:

  • 1.7 standard drinks
  • 32.54% alc./vol. (65.08° proof)
  • 23.6 grams of pure alcohol
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