|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||8%|
|Total Carbohydrate 15g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 15g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The Baltimore bracer is a simple, flavor-packed classic drink that has the soothing touch that only egg can bring to a drink. The mix of brandy and anisette offers a sweetened anise spice base which is rather interesting on its own. Yet, as anyone who enjoys classic egg drinks knows, it is the foamy texture that makes a great drink even more special.
As with any cocktail that includes egg, if you are disturbed by the fact of drinking raw eggs, it's probably best to avoid this drink altogether. Also, be sure to shake this drink more than you would normally to ensure the egg white is fully integrated.
1 1/2 ounces brandy
1 1/2 ounces anisette liqueur
1 large egg white
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker, pour the brandy, anisette, and egg white. Fill with ice.
Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Serve and enjoy.
Raw Egg Warning
Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.
- Many people prefer to begin mixing egg drinks with a "dry shake," especially when it includes egg white only because it increases the froth. It's a simple technique: shake the ingredients without ice for about 10 seconds, then fill the shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
- You know that the drink is well shaken when your arms hurt and the cocktail shaker gets really frosty on the outside.
- Be sure that the egg you're using is fresh. A quick test can give you a clue: drop the egg into a glass of water and if it sinks, it's fresh. Eggs that float should be discarded.
- With a cocktail as simple as this, be sure to choose a top-shelf brandy.
- Anisette is a style of anise-flavored liqueur that's made by a number of brands. Again, quality is a big consideration; good choices for a cocktail like the Baltimore bracer include Luxardo, Marie Brizard, and Norseman.
- If you do not have anisette, any other anise-flavored liqueur will do. The list of viable substitutes includes absinthe, Herbsaint, ouzo, pastis, sambuca, and Pernod. Galliano also has a slight anise taste though vanilla is its other dominant flavor and both are backed by almost 30 other herbs.
- Try a flavored brandy substitute over the standard which is distilled from grapes. Apple, peach, and pear brandies should all pair nicely with anise. When shopping for these brandies, look for an eau-de-vie (distilled from the fruit juice) rather than a sweetened liqueur with (possibly) artificial flavoring.
How Strong Is a Baltimore Bracer?
As you might expect from a drink that's almost entirely made of alcohol, the Baltimore bracer is pretty strong. When mixed with the average brandy and anisette, it should shake up to have an alcohol content around 22 percent ABV (44 proof).