During prohibition, the most serious of bartenders moved to Europe to continue their profession. Among them was a man named Harry Craddock, who left where he was working in New York to move to the Savoy Hotel in London. In "The Savoy Cocktail Book" Craddock brings us the Rattlesnake. He writes that this drink is "so called because it will either cure Rattlesnake bite, or kill Rattlesnakes, or make you see them." Celebrate the repeal of prohibition by enjoying this refreshing classic.
Rattlesnake c. 1930 Harry Craddock @ Savoy Hotel, London
2 oz rye whiskey
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
1/4 absinthe (or less, seemed a little overpowering)
1 egg white
Dry shake, then add ice and slowly shake. Double strain into coupe.