The Eleventh Hour

Recipe by Colton Herdt


  • 1.5 oz. Harleston Green Scotch Whisky
  • 0.5 oz. Cynar (16.5%)
  • 0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1 Egg White
  • 4 Blueberries (Medium sized)

Preparation: In a tin, muddle the blueberries with the simple syrup and lemon juice. Strain into fresh tin with a fine mesh strainer. Add Harleston Green Scotch and Cynar to tin, along with the white of one egg. Dry shake for 25-30 seconds, add ice and shake for additional 12-14 seconds. Strain into Nick and Nora glass, let settle for 20-30 seconds. Garnish with Angostura bitter design.

Garnish: Angostura Bitters

Glassware: Nick and Nora

Cocktail Inspiration:

The Eleventh Hour is a marriage of sorts between a Scotch Sour and the Choke and Smoke cocktail. The blueberries provide a faint tart/fruity expression to make the flavors of the cocktail pop and coalesce. The egg white gives the cocktail its silky texture and alluring foam layer upon which the aromatic angostura is placed.

The name of the cocktail is a tribute to the four brave Scots who valiantly died serving the Texian forces at the Alamo. Legend has it that John McGregor, native Scot, on the eve of battle; played the bagpipe alongside Davy Crockett on his fiddle (at the Eleventh Hour), inspiring their fellow soldiers in the 13 day siege to come. Their stalwart bravery in the face of insurmountable odds drove a surge in recruitment of Texian forces, and became the rallying cry that led to the defeat of General Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto; granting Texas its independence from Mexico.