The Littlest Rebel is – as you can easily derive from the name – a border crosser in a way. While it does not really fit into the category of fizzes and Silver fizzes, it sets an unusual emphasis on the Norman apple brandy Calvados. But this unconventional character doesn´t make the drink bad – the opposite is true – if you consider a few things. It is definitely worthwhile to make the Grenadine on your own, most convenience products taste too sweet and not really like pomegranate at all. In addition, you should use a Scotch which hasn’t got any or only slight smoky tones . Although a slight smokiness in the Littlest Rebel is not that bad, but less is more in this case.
You can try whiskys with a little smoke, the critically acclaimed Monkey Shoulder (which I also appreciate very much) is a good recommendation.
IF you want to try the limit of smokiness, it should not be more than for example in a smoky blend like the Black Bottle. Concerning the Calvados a somehow more mature version could add additional flavors, but it certainly would be a profusion if you opt for one from the high-end sector: despite the Calvados focus of this drink, it’s subtle nuances would vanish in interaction with the other ingredients.
The result tastes rebelliously good: apple notes combine with complex spice components of whiskey and Calvados barrels, while the lime juice and grenadine provide a nice sourness. The egg white is responsible for a certain silky feeling.
5 cl Calvados
2.5 cl Scotch whiskey
1.5 oz Grenadine
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 fresh (organic) egg white
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously on for about half a minute. Then strain into your chilled glass.