Jun 242011

Recently at one of our Shaker Nights we were asked by a guest what a flip was, how one flipped, why and what exactly it brought to a cocktail.  This brings about the whole “yeah or nay” on raw eggs debate.  Wars were fought over less.

So, salmonella scares aside- a flip (adding egg whites to a shaken cocktail) is simply a way to add body and create a foamy top to the drink.  Shaker One thinks you do achieve a more smooth mouth feel with the egg whites, but it in no way affects the overall flavor of your drink.

Which do we prefer?  We of course decided to do a head to head taste test (so to speak).

Spicy Lemon Drop vs. Spicy Lemon Flip:

And the verdict?  The Shakers both enjoy them either way.  Certain martinis lend themselves to the foam.  The Earl Grey MarTeani, for example, suffers from the absence of the egg if you leave it out.  The Spicy Lemon Drop can be enjoyed equally either way.   Bottom line, like so many other things it comes down to personal preference.  Flip or don’t.  Whatever floats your boat.


Just stay away from the Frothee.  :/

Apr 292011

As time grows near for Shaker Two to leave  Planet LA, we’re revisiting a few of our favorite martinis.  Both of us have been craving this one in particular.

The Earl Grey MarTeani:

Earl Grey infused vodkaEarl Grey infusion

You’ve seen it here more than once…….a lovely blend of tea infused vodka, lemon, simple syrup, and an egg white for that soft foamy layer on top.    All at once soothing and relaxing.  Shaker Two wonders if she should consider replacing her English Breakfast Tea with one of these each morning?  I say yes, depending on what your day brings.

If you haven’t tried this drink yet, please do so without delay.  A five olive masterpiece.


(and for those of you who don’t care to click through the link, quick recipe below:

In a Boston style shaker with ice add:    1 1/2 ozs. Earl Gray Vodka infusion

3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz simple syrup

one egg white

Shake vigorously, strain into glass, garnish with a lemon zest or slice.  Double for larger martini glass.  Now, go click the link for infusion details!)


No scones necessary.


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