The Duchess

Matt Ellingson

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"Is the rouge not to your liking?"

"No. It is perfect. I should like some more."

Yes, you will like this even though it has Gin in it. Trust me. :) That moment with Daphne stuck out to me while watching Bridgerton. The goal with any flavor combination is to evoke something new and hopefully greater than the sum of its parts. First if we are to create a drink that is about beauty and elegance and celebrate our locale, then London Dry Gin it must be! Drink Gin straight and it may taste like a pine tree to you, but mix it with citrus and other flavors and its beautiful botanicals take center stage.

Sloe Gin is a liqueur traditionally made in England by steeping Sloe Berries in Gin. These berries, related to plums, aren't quite palatable on their own, but by extracting their flavor through this process, you are left with liqueur that dances with red fruits and floral qualities. Not all of these liqueurs are equal though and I would seek out Sipsmith's version as the one of the finest made.

When all these ingredients come together, you will find a drink that is mouthpuckeringly refreshing, airy yet luscious on the palate, and finishing dry.  Almost as if you are left with the taste and smell of that rouge from Daphne's cheek.


1 ½ oz London Dry Gin

1 oz Sipsmith Sloe Gin

¾ oz fresh lemon juice

¾ oz egg white or the white from 1 egg

½ oz Simple Syrup

3 dashes Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Teapot Bitters


Dry shake*, then shake with Ice.  Double strain into chilled Nick & Nora glass.

*Dry shaking is to shake all ingredients without ice first. This is done when using egg whites to emulsify with the other ingredients and help create an airy texture. Follow this with a traditional shake with ice and let the drink sit to set for a moment in the glass. The foam head will form at the top.

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