I am slightly obsessed with Fizzes and Sours — cocktails that have egg whites that create a silky texture and a beautiful foam on top.  The method for making these is a DRY SHAKE followed by adding ice and then re-shaking.  You have to keep a tight hold on your shaker, because the pressure build-up can blow the top!

INGREDIENTS makes 2 drinks

2  6 oz. containers of blackberries (slightly more than 2 cups)
1 1/2 tbsp. sugar (or honey)
1 1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

FOR EACH DRINK

2 oz (1/4 cup)  blackberry syrup

2 1/2 oz gin
1 large egg white
1 oz. (1 tbsp.) half-and-half

2 oz (1/4 cup) chilled club soda

PROCESS

Make blackberry syrup: Place berries and sugar or honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Mash berries lightly with fork, stirring occasionally, and mashing more as they soften to release juices. Cook for about 15 minutes, then pour through a fine-mesh sieve. Press with back of spoon to extract as much juice as possible.  Discard solids. Let cool completely, then mix in lemon juice.

For each cocktail, mix 1/2 of the syrup (about 1/4 cup), 2 1/2 oz. gin, 1 oz. half-and-half, and 1 egg white in a cocktail shaker.  Shake vigorously. Add ice to shaker, then shake again.  Hold the top on!  Strain into a rocks glass and top with chilled club soda.  Go slowly, because the egg white foam will rise with the addition of the soda.

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