Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour is a delicious super sour cocktail using gin infused with Australian indigenous Daalgaal or Illawarra plum for a fresh plum and pine flavour, ginger liqueur, strawberry and blood orange shrub syrup, Tasmanian Leatherwood honey syrup, eggwhite, garnished with meringue incorporating super sour Australian indigenous Ooray or Davidson’s plum and dusted with freeze dried Australian Ooray or Davidson’s plum powder and a blood orange twist. Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour is a fancy sour in the spirit of the 1880’s fancy Silver Sours that used eggwhite to create additional texture and smooth silky mouthfeel – here eggwhite is taken to another level with the addition of caramelised Ooray or Davidson’s plum meringue dusted with super sour bright pink Ooray or Davidson’s plum powder for a delicious sour sensation and crunchy texture. Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour is a delicious fancy sour dessert cocktail that celebrates Australian indigenous plums: Daalgaal & Ooray.
What is a Silver Sour?
A Silver Sour is a fancy style of Sour dating to the 1880’s when eggwhite was added as an ingredient in elaborations of the recipe to create a fluffy head and luscious smooth mouthfeel to the Sour. For more on the history and evolution of the Sour see my post on Honey rhubarb silver sour. I have referred to McDonough’s 1883 (McDonough 1883: 44) Silver Sour formula with help from David Wondrich (Wondrich 2015: 115-119) in Imbibe for the basic Silver Sour recipe, ingredients, and measures. A Silver Sour called for ice, sugar, water, citrus, gin, and crucially eggwhite. David Wondrich (2015: 118) in his discussion of the evolution of the Sour formula recounts that there were fancier variations on the Sour including the use of eggwhite and a sugar rim citing McDonough’s (1883: 11) ‘Frosted Sour’ appearing in his McDonough’s Bar-Keeper’s Guide and Gentleman’s Side-Board Companion which calls for ice, sugar, water, citrus, eggwhite, Bourbon, to be served with a sugar rim and fancy fruit garnish, as an example of this style of very fancy 1880’s Sour. McDonough’s (1883: 43) book is interesting as it includes other variations on the Sour including a ‘Golden Sour’ using ice, sugar, citrus, an egg yolk and Brandy or Rye Whiskey. McDonough (1883: 11) advises:
“Use sliced fruit, in season, for Sours, as it improves their flavours.”Patsy McDonough (1883: 11). McDonough’s Bar-Keeper’s Guide and Gentleman’s Side-Board Companion. Post-Express Print: New York.
How to make a Silver Sour: Shake & strain
The Silver Sour is made by shaking all the ingredients with ice and straining into a small bar glass. McDonough’s (1883: 44) recipe for the Silver Sour from which I make my own interpretation reads:
“Fill large bar glass one-third full of cracked ice, one table-spoon of powdered sugar, one-half wine-glass of water, five or six dashes of lime or lemon juice, the white of an egg, one wine-glass of Gin ; [sic.] shake, and strain in small bar glass.”Patsy McDonough (1883: 44). McDonough’s Bar-Keeper’s Guide and Gentleman’s Side-Board Companion. Post-Express Print: New York.
How is the Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour different?
The Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour offers an elaboration on the fancy Silver Sour by introducing two Australian indigenous plums and their unique flavours: Daalgaal or Illawarra plum with a fresh plum and pine flavour and super sour Ooray or Davidson’s plum. Australian indigenous Daalgaal or Illawarra plum gin which has a plum and pine flavour pairs wonderfully with ginger liqueur and strawberry and blood orange shrub syrup, leatherwood honey syrup and eggwhite for a luscious complex dessert sour. The caramelised meringue garnish takes the texture of this sour to another level with crunchy sour meringue dusted with super sour freeze dried Australian indigenous Ooray or Davidson’s plum powder. Visually the Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour is delicate and vibrant with bright red gin and shrub making for a pink cocktail that is then dusted with crushed pale pink meringue and bright pink freeze dried sour plum powder. The Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour is fancy and very sour – offering a sort of super sour lolly in cocktail form that leaves your mouth humming with a refreshing sour feeling that lingers and tingles on the tongue.
Leatherwood honey syrup
The sugar and water of the Silver Sour are swapped out for a spicy 1:1 Leatherwood honey syrup that adds extra creaminess to the eggwhite and a delicious unique spicy flavour.
Strawberry and blood orange shrub syrup
The citrus of the Silver Sour is change up for a complex strawberry and blood orange shrub syrup flavoured with raw cacao and wattleseed and white balsamic and coconut vinegar. The shrub syrup is made by a process of long slow cold maceration following the method outlined by Michael Dietsch (2016) in his amazing book Shrubs, this gives a brighter flavour to the shrub allowing the fresh seasonal fruit to shine. I opted to use a white balsamic vinegar with a coconut vinegar base for a light shrub with a delicious syrupy white balsamic note that complements the sweet strawberries and tart blood orange. Pairing strawberry, blood orange, coconut and white balsamic vinegar, raw cacao and wattleseed for earthy bitter depth is my own contribution. Shrubs are a great way to add depth and complexity to cocktails – for more ideas see my posts on Blueberry shrub pisco sour and Autumn grape sour.
Daalgaal gin & Ginger liqueur
The gin base of the Silver Sour is split equally between a Daalgaal or Illawarra plum infused gin from Headlands Distilling and a ginger liqueur. Daalgaal or Illawarra plum has a tart plum and fresh pine flavour which pairs wonderfully with ginger liqueur, Leatherwood honey and sweet tart in season blood oranges and strawberries, spiced with raw cacao and wattleseed for earthy bitterness and depth. The Ooray or Davdison’s plum meringue garnish and pink freeze dried plum dust add an extra sour flavour and finish to this cocktail.
Real free range organic eggwhite
A real free range organic eggwhite is used in the Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour for a more sustainable cocktail and to add a rich creamy texture.
How to make Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour: Reverse dry shake
The Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour is made using the ‘reverse dry shake’ method outlined by Tristan Stephenson (2016: 194) in The Curious Bartender – the drink is shaken with ice and then strained, the ice discarded and the drink shaken again dry, with no ice. The ‘reverse dry shake’ (Stephenson 2016: 194) has the advantage of increasing the creaminess of the drink.
Fancy styling: Daalgaal gin, Ooray meringue, Ooray powder, Blood orange twist
Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour has a beautiful pink colour and creamy texture due to the Daalgaal gin, shrub syrup and eggwhite and a very fancy garnish using crushed Ooray or Davidson’s plum meringue that is caramelised with a kitchen blowtorch and then dusted with freeze dried powdered Ooray or Davidson’s plum. This Ooray meringue garnish creates additional crunchy texture and the combination of sweetness and sourness is not unlike a super sour lolly leaving the mouth pleasantly tingling with fresh sourness. The Ooray or Davidson’s plum powder is a very bright pink connecting with the colour of the Daalgaal or Illawarra plum gin and making an impressive pink halo around the crunchy texture of the meringue. The blood orange twist adds bright citrus oil to the top of the cocktail and a pop of vibrant orange and red colour linking to the shrub syrup in which the blood oranges feature along with seasonal strawberries. I have styled the Daalgaal and Ooray silver sour in a vintage coupe for a fancier presentation than the small bar glass called for by McDonough (1883: 44) in his 1883 Silver Sour recipe.
Daalgaal gin: plum & pine flavour, bright red colour
The Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour has a plum and pine flavour and is a luscious smooth creamy pale pink due to the bright red of the Daalgal gin and blood orange and strawberry shrub syrup and organic eggwhite.
Super sour Ooray meringue & pink Ooray powder
In developing the recipe for Ooray or Davidson’s plum meringues I was informed by the work of Donna Hay in her Donna Hay’s no-fail meringue mixture appearing in SBS Food and Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley’s (2015: 161) wonderful recipe for Chocolate Meringues appearing in Falafel for breakfast, which is by the way in constant circulation at my house. The science of meringue making is quite technical and both Donna Hay and Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley offer a reliable and tested method which I have adapted to include freeze dried Ooray or Davidson’s plum powder and white balsamic vinegar for a sour take on meringue which turns out a beautiful very pale pink. Ooray or Davidson’s plum is an indigenous Australian ingredient with a very sour flavour akin to rhubarb, but much more tart – adding this sourness to meringue creates a super sour meringue that is crushed, caramelised and dusted with super sour Ooray powder.
Daalgaal & Ooray fancy silver sour: Celebrating indigenous Australian plums – Daalgaal & Oooray
The Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour takes the idea of a vintage 1880’s fancy Silver Sour cocktail to another level of fanciness with use of fresh plum and pine flavour of Daalgaal or Illawarra plum infused gin combined with freshness of ginger, and sweetness from blood orange and strawberry and earthy chocolate from raw cacao and wattleseed. This is a complex and layered dessert cocktail that refreshes and transforms our understanding of the experience of fresh and sour flavours in a new and interesting way through use of two indigenous Australian plums: Daalgaal & Ooray. Daalgaal or Illawarra plum infused in gin adds a fresh plum and pine flavour, while super sour Ooray or Davidson’s plums are incorporated into meringue and as a dusting of pink freeze dried Ooray plum powder for a celebration of indigenous Australian plums in a fancy Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour.
Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour: Illawarra plum, Davidson’s plum cocktailPrint Recipe
- Strawberry and blood orange shrub syrup: ½ cup strawberries
- ½ cup blood orange juice and zest (approximately 1 blood orange)
- 1/3 cup low GI cane sugar
- 1/3 cup coconut vinegar
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 4 cacao beans
- 1 teaspoon wattleseed
- Ooray or Davidson’s plum meringues: 3 real free range organic eggwhites
- ¾ cup caster sugar
- ½ teaspoon cornflour
- ¾ teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
- 3 teaspoons Ooray or Davidson’s plum powder
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1:1 Leatherwood honey syrup: 1 tablespoon Leatherwood honey
- 2 tablespoons hot water or equal parts honey and water by weight
- Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour: 1 shot Daalgaal (Illawarra plum) gin, Daalgaal used here
- 1 shot ginger liqueur, Domain de Canton used here
- ½ shot strawberry and blood orange shrub syrup
- ¼ shot 1:1 Leatherwood honey syrup
- 1 real free range organic eggwhite
- Garnish: blood orange twist, crushed caramelised Ooray or Davidson’s plum meringue, freeze dried powdered Ooray or Davidson’s plum
- Glassware: Coupe
Strawberry and blood orange shrub syrup: Add washed, hulled, and sliced strawberries to a nonreactive container
Combine blood orange zest and sugar and rub together to release oils
Add blood orange juice and sugar and zest to the container with the strawberries
Add the cacao beans and wattleseed
Add the lid to the container and shake to combine
Place in the fridge and allow to macerate overnight or until a thick syrup has formed
Meanwhile sterilise your jar, add the well washed and rinsed jar to a cookie sheet in a 110 C oven for 15 minutes or until dry
Treat the lid in a pot of boiling water on the stove top for 5 minutes and allow to air dry, for more information see Resources
Strain the syrup into a clean bowl, measure the yield, mine was 1/3 cup, adjust vinegars to match the yield
Pour the vinegars through the sieve over the strawberries to release any caught sugar
Reserve the strawberries for another use
Decant the shrub syrup into a sterilised glass jar and store in the fridge
Ooray or Davidson’s plum meringues: Preheat oven to 140 C
Mix cornflour, Ooray or Davidson’s plum powder and vinegar together in a small bowl until smooth
Separate room temperature eggwhites from yolks (reserve yolks for another use) and add eggwhites to a large bowl
Beat eggwhites with an electric beater on high until stiff peaks have formed
Add caster sugar gradually, beating after each addition
Once all the sugar has been incorporated beat for a further 10-15 minutes, scrape down the sides if any mixture has stuck to the edges of the bowl
Add cornflour, Ooray or Davidson’s plum powder and vinegar mixture and beat until well incorporated
Add heaped tablespoonfuls of the meringue to a baking paper lined cookie sheet
Bake for 35-40 minutes
Turn off the oven and allow to cool inside the oven
Store in an airtight container
1:1 Leatherwood honey syrup: Add honey and hot water, stir, or shake and decant to a clean glass jar, store leftover syrup in the refrigerator
Daalgaal & Ooray silver sour: Place coupe in freezer to chill
Add 1:1 Leatherwood honey syrup, strawberry and blood orange shrub syrup, Daalgaal gin, ginger liqueur, and real free range organic eggwhite to a cocktail shaker with ice
Seal the tins and Reverse dry shake: shake with ice for 30 seconds
Strain, discard ice
Shake again dry with no ice
Strain into prepared coupe
Garnish with a blood orange twist, release the oils over the surface of the cocktail by gently bending the peel and then twist, suspend from the side of the glass, add crushed Ooray or Davidson’s plum meringue, caramelise with a kitchen blow torch, dust with freeze dried Ooray or Davidson’s plum powder
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