The Pussyfoot is an interesting fruit mocktail that takes on the feel of many of the fizz cocktails, like the Gin Fizz or Ramos Fizz. Don't worry about the name, either. It was a common bar drink that likely got its name from the lack of booze.
In this non-alcoholic drink, you're going to combine orange, lemon, and lime juices with a bit of grenadine. It is then shaken with an egg to produce a wonderfully frothy drink. It's actually a fascinating beverage designed to replicate those famous cocktails and you won't even miss the liquor.
- Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice.
- Dry shake to break up the egg and mix the ingredients.
- Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled collins glass.
- Top off with the sparkling water.
- Stir gently.
- Garnish with the orange slice.
The three citrus juices are what makes this drink and it will be ten times better if you use fresh-squeezed juice.
This is particularly true of the lemon and lime and while you have the juicer out, you might as well do the oranges, too.
There are many recipes for a Pussyfoot and some use a different combination of juices.
- Some skip the lime and use pineapple instead.
- Some mix grapefruit and orange juices, skipping either the lemon or lime.
- Some mix equal parts orange, pineapple, and grapefruit.
Feel free to play with the fruits and use any of your favorites from the list. This is one drink where the exact ingredients really do not matter. It could even be a simple matter of what you have in the fridge today.
Many people are wary of drinking raw eggs of any kind. It is what makes the drink great, but feel free to skip it if you like. You can also use an egg substitute but isn't quite the real thing.
The egg does add a lot to the Pussyfoot. The white will give the drink a great silky texture and create a foam on top after shaking. The yolk is where the eggy flavor comes from.
You can choose to separate the egg and use one or the other depending on your preference. Also, one part of the egg may work better with a certain juice combo and you'll just have to experiment to see what you like best.
For the best drink, dry shake it without ice, then shake a second time with ice. This is an important step for any egg cocktail and even though there is no liquor in the Pussyfoot, the same rules apply.
The Sparkling Water
Many Pussyfoot recipes do not include sparkling water, but it's a personal preference that makes the drink a little more refreshing. If you do choose to include it, pour just enough to top off the glass (less than 2 ounces, on average).
Feel free to use any light carbonated beverage you prefer. Mineral water, club soda, and lemon-lime soda are all excellent options.