1.5 oz Leopold’s Gin
0.5 oz Grenadine
0.5 oz Cream
0.25 tsp Lemon Juice
White of One Egg
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass without ice. Shake.
Add ice. Shake again.
Strain into a coupe.
Grate Fresh Nutmeg over the top.
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When Sam over at 11 Points offered to do a list featuring 12 Bottle Bar drinks, we were more than flattered. Of course, the only proper way that we have of saying thanks around these parts is to whip up a cocktail. For Sam, of course, it’s something that celebrates the number “11”.
The Ace is a funny little drink, and one of the most obscure ones we’ve done to date. It shows up in just two of my books — Boothby’s World Drinks and Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide — which gives it a known lineage from roughly 1934 to 1947. Other than that, I couldn’t tell you a thing about where it came from.
Whenever you see a drink recipe calling for cream and nutmeg, you know it’s meant primarily for one thing: brunch. And boy, what a brunch drink it is. Much of the flavor you get here will depend upon the quality and profile of your grenadine, and as always, I suggest you make your own. The one recipe I found online was at the Internet Cocktail Database (a damn fine resource); it omits the lemon juice. Don’t. The lemon really rounds out the whole affair. The original recipe calls for about an eighth of an ounce, but I scaled it up for easy measurement. Feel free to adjust as you like.
Note that when you add everything into your glass, the cream will most likely curdle. This is normal. Shaking will put everything back together again. Shake first without ice to emulsify the egg white and the other ingredients, then shake again with ice. A curdled drink may put off some, so this may not be one to mix in front of your guests.
One final note. My recipe is a double of the original. It’s such a light drink that I saw little point in just 1.5 ounces of it. Beside, it goes down so easily that even at three ounces, it seems a bit scant.
Of course, be sure to pay Sam and 11 Points a visit, and if you just so happen to be drinking an Ace at the time, all the better.