Millionaire Cocktail

Classic Millionaire Cocktail With a Strawberry Garnish

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
317 Calories
5g Fat
14g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 317
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 73mg 2%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you're looking for a "millionaire" cocktail, you may get confused by all of the variations. Much like the corpse reviver, it was a popular name for Prohibition-era cocktails and the recipes can vary greatly. This particular recipe is typically simply called the "millionaire" (no "cocktail") and even it has been tweaked many times over the years.

This recipe is one of the two most popular millionaires. The other is a rum, brandy, and sloe gin mix typically referred to as a millionaire cocktail no. 1. Both are excellent classic cocktails that you should consider trying.

In this millionaire, you'll find a tempting mix of whiskey, orange, grenadine, and raspberry. The egg white gives it a wonderfully soothing texture that makes it a great dessert drink.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the whiskey, curaçao, crème de framboise, grenadine, and egg white.

  3. Shake well, then add ice and shake for at least 30 seconds to ensure the egg is completely mixed.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy.

Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk for food-borne illness.


  • Try this cocktail with a few different whiskeys to see which you enjoy most. The spice of rye is a fantastic contrast to all the sweet fruits. If you opt for bourbon over rye whiskey, look for bottles that have a high concentration of rye.
  • Crème de framboise is a raspberry-flavored liqueur. You can substitute others if you like; Chambord is the most popular and very easy to find.
  • Whenever adding an egg to cocktails, ensure that it's fresh. For a quick test, fill a glass with water and drop the egg inside. If it sinks, it's good; floating eggs should be discarded.

Recipe Variations

  • One version of this recipe adds 4 dashes of absinthe or pastis, skips the crème de framboise, and uses 1/2 ounce of lemon juice. Sometimes as much as 1/4 ounce of absinthe is recommended.
  • You can also rinse the glass with absinthe or another anise-flavored liqueur. This option is used often in cocktails, such as the Sazerac, to add just a hint of the flavor commonly associated with black licorice.
  • Another version skips the crème de framboise and uses up to 1 ounce of grenadine instead.

How Strong Is a Millionaire Cocktail?

Like many cocktails served in the martini style, the millionaire is not a light drink. Its average alcohol content is 24 percent ABV (48 proof). While that's lighter than whiskey favorites like the Manhattan and old-fashioned, it's significantly stronger than a John Collins.