Advocaat, a thick, sweet, creamy, yellow, alcoholic drink of Dutch origin, is made from egg yolks and brandy. It does not seem to have become well known in Britain until the 1930s. Its name in Dutch is short for advocaaten borrel, ‘lawyer’s drink’, a compound of advocaat, ‘advocate, lawyer’ and bond, ‘drink.’It is often served mixed with lemonade. The alcohol content of advocaat can be between 14% and 20%.It is much more similar to a traditional custard and is eaten with a teaspoon.
How to do Advocaat
- Fill a medium-sized pot with 1 inch of water, bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat.
- In a glass bowl, combine the egg yolks, salt, sugar and cinnamon until the yolks are taped and the sugar will be dissolved.
- Whisk in the brandy.
- Put the bowl over the boiling water and continue to blend until the dough can not cover the back of a spoon.
- Remove from heat and mix with the aroma of vanilla.
- Store in the refrigerator for at least six hours before serving. The mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.
Because of its typical custard qualities, this alcohol is a popular base for ice cream or as a filling for desserts. The most popular cocktail made with this liqueur is the snowball, served mainly during the Christmas period, which consists of advocaat, lemonade and occasionally lime juice. Advocaat in a glass for long drinks, a shot of lime juice and fill the glass with Seven-up, garnished with a cherry.
In England it is used for the combination of drinks like Snowball or Pimm’s lemonade instead of Seven-up. The best known brand is Whit’s Cream Soda which is slightly sweeter and full of flavor. Some English bartenders have the habit of adding a Kirsch shot, which refreshes the flavor slightly.