Recreating an Anvil Original: The Rooster Cogburn Cocktail

A few summers ago, I was at Anvil in Houston, and tried the amazing Rooster Cogburn Cocktail. It was right around when the Coen brothers’ film came out, so it was fitting. If you’re wondering, Rooster Cogburn is the main character in True Grit.

So I recreated it, using Steen’s syrup and everything, but I wanted to try it again, and we threw out our Steen’s syrup when we moved to our new house, so I had to do something differently.

Here’s the updated recipe, so you can try it yourself without having to purchase Steen’s cane syrup. My wife actually bought the Steen’s to put over pancakes, but it was gross. We didn’t use it again until I made the Rooster Cogburn Cocktail. So I don’t recommend buying any.

If you’re wondering, that’s a slow-grilled javelina leg on the right. A southern cocktail seemed fitting. 

The Rooster Cogburn

In a glass, combine

  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 2 oz IPA (I used Karbach Hopadillo, which is great)
  • 3/4 oz brown sugar syrup

Because it has the whole egg in it, you need to dry shake it first. In fact, when the Anvil bartender made it for me, I asked her if she hated making the drink and she admitted that she had a love/hate relationship with it. Yes, you have to shake it a long, long time to completely emulsify the egg.

Then put ice in it, and shake it again to get it cold and frothy.

Strain and pour into a chilled Collins glass.

And now for the fun part. Take the egg shell half and wash it. Then pour it full of bourbon and put it on top of the drink next to the homemade bourbon cherry.

It’s like a sour, even though there’s no lemon in it. Bright, silky, and yummy. 

Brown Sugar Syrup

Make it like any simple syrup. Use a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water. So if you want a cup, use one cup of brown sugar and one cup of water. Heat it in a saucepan, or even in the microwave, just hot enough for the sugar to dissolve. Will last a while in the fridge.

2 thoughts on “Recreating an Anvil Original: The Rooster Cogburn Cocktail”

  1. I will make it.It remind me of the Chilean “malta con huevo”. Mix on the blender, I guess is the lazy version of it, it’s suppose to be a “healthy” drink to make you strong…

    1. I had to look up the Malta con Huevo. I wonder if I can find Malta Morenita beer somewhere in town. Do you have a good recipe? I can only find general directions–bottle of beer, one or two eggs, spoon of sugar, and a dash if cinnamon. Do you recommend anything else? Also, have you seen the movie?

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