Millionaire Cocktail

Classic Millionaire Cocktail With a Strawberry Garnish

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
292 Calories
0g Fat
21g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 292
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 4g
Calcium 3mg 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.
(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.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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

  3. Shake well, longer than usual to ensure the egg is completely mixed.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • 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. Good high-rye options include Basil Hayden, Bulleit, Four Roses Single Barrel, and Grand Old Dad.
  • 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

  • Grand Marnier is a common substitute for curaçao in this recipe.
  • 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 (e.g., Herbsaint, Pernod). This option is used often in cocktails, such as the Sazerac and monkey gland, 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.