Rattlesnake Cocktail

  • Serves

    makes 1 Cocktail


When we stumbled across a cocktail in the Savoy Cocktail Book with the claim that "it will either cure a rattlesnake bite, or kill rattlesnakes, or make you see them," we knew we had to try it. Dating back to the original 1930 publication of the bartending manual from London's Savoy Hotel, this tangy whiskey drink is just the right amount of sweet, sour, and straight-up booze. It's a spiteful but lovely little drink, with a smooth and frothy airiness provided by an egg white.


  • 1 12 oz. blended whiskey
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 14 tsp. absinthe (or anise-flavored liqueur)
  • 12 tsp. simple syrup (or powdered sugar)
  • 1 egg white


Step 1

Combine all ingredients with ice and shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker until rich and frothy. Strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

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