Whitehaven Mansions

Whitehaven Mansions is a sophisticated drink, with a light foam and elegant mint garnish.

As I’ve mentioned, we’ve really gotten into Agatha Christie’s Poirot adaptations during the pandemic. Since we really appreciate a themed cocktail, as well as a challenge, tonight’s project was to make a drink that Hercule Poirot would also enjoy. Here’s our Agatha Christie-inspired cocktail.

Poirot doesn’t drink very often, but the guiding light here was Crème de cassis, which has been mentioned as a favorite of his. It tastes of strong, dark fruits and is really sweet (or so I understand, mostly from the British characters who shudder when Poirot orders it).

It seemed as though Chambord would bring us the closest to this fruity liqueur. I decided to cut it with gin, which Elizabeth and I dearly love. Since the gin we had was London-based (like Poirot himself) this seemed like a natural choice. Because a flip (an egg in a cocktail) strikes me as the height of flavor and sophistication, and seems sort of circa-1930s cocktail chic, I decided that we’d have a flip too.

When consuming eggs this way, there’s a fine line to walk. Done correctly, the texture of the egg white can be sublime – soft and floaty. Done incorrectly, it can range from slimy, to scrambled-egg chunky. Yuck. I say this from experience, because unfortunately, I’ve done it both ways.

There was a spirited discussion over the name of this drink, but I stuck with Whitehaven Mansions, which is where Poirot lived and also had his office for a time. Shout-out to Miss Felicity Lemon, his long-time assistant. We should make a drink for her and toast her filing system…

I’m not sure the flavor was sweet enough for Poirot, but he would have approved of these dainty sipping glasses. A nice drink.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz London dry gin

  • 3/4 oz Chambord

  • 1 egg white

  • 3/4 oz lemon juice

  • lemon peel and mint sprig for garnish

Directions

  • Do a “dry shake” with the egg white and all ingredients except ice and garnish. Shake hard, for about 30 seconds. This can also be done in the blender for about 15 seconds instead.
  • Add ice to the shaker and shake again normally (10 seconds or so).
  • Pour and don’t wait too long or the foam will start to disappear. Cheers!
Enjoyed on April 25, 2021

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