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9 Frothy Egg White Cocktails Worth Sipping

Discover nine egg white cocktails to craft and sip at home. Each one has a frothy top layer that’s practically impossible to resist.

Whiskey Sour in Lowball Glass

Egg white cocktails stand out from the cocktail crowd for one key reason – a silky top layer of foam. But, despite this foamy feature, these protein-rich cocktails aren’t all the same – starting with their ingredients.

Beyond the requisite inclusion of egg white, liquors like bourbon, gin, rum and tequila fuel these cocktails. And, in addition to typical ingredients like lemon juice and simple syrup, some egg white cocktails feature eclectic items like aromatic bitters, grenadine and orange blossom water.

What Are Egg White Cocktails?

Clover Club Cocktail from Above
This frothy Clover Club was the first egg white cocktail we ever crafted at home. Mastering this recipe inspired us to craft more cocktails with egg white froth.

Egg white cocktails are shaken cocktails with frothy top layers created with egg white. (More about the process later.)

Not just an attractive element, this froth enhances both the flavor and texture of each cocktail. Plus, many people, including us, love how silky froth tickles the tongue with every sip.

Pro Tip
Replace egg white with aquafaba (chick pea liquid) if you’re squeamish about ingesting raw egg white or if you follow a vegan diet.

Many but not all egg white cocktails are sour cocktails with origins that pre-date prohibition. One, the Whiskey Sour, ranks among the world’s most popular cocktails. Other foamy drinks, like the Pisco Sour and Clover Club, are more niche.

How To Create Egg White Froth

Shaken Gin Sour Cocktail
We created this egg white froth with a Boston shaker and a whole lot of shaking.

Creating egg white froth is surprisingly easy to do with only one necessary bar tool – a shaker. However, there are two steps to the process.

The first step is to vigorously shake the liquid ingredients without ice. This technique, which takes at least 30 seconds, is called a dry shake and is when the emulsification magic occurs.

The second step is to add ice and shake for 30 more seconds. This wet shake step chills and dilutes the cocktail, essentially priming it to be strained and sipped.

Fun Fact
Some mixologists shake things up by reversing the dry shake and wet shake steps. Not surprisingly, this alternative technique is called a reverse shake.

The key take-away here is that crafting egg white cocktails is easy to do. We recommend starting with our favorites so that you can find your favorite egg white cocktail too.

9 Of The Best Egg White Cocktails

Sipping a Whiskey Sour
Whiskey Sour
The Whiskey Sour ranks as one of the most popular drinks in the world. It's a pleasure to drink and a breeze to craft at home. Follow our Whiskey Sour recipe and join the happy crowd of Whiskey Sour fans.
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Clover Club Cocktail on Ledge
Clover Club
This Clover Club cocktail is simultaneously sweet and tart. Learn how to make this frothy pre-prohibition cocktail at home in just five minutes.
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Gin Sour Cocktail from Above
Gin Sour
The Gin Sour tickles the tongue with clean flavors that are simultaneously sweet and sour. This classic gin cocktail is also super easy to craft at home in just a few minutes.
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Pink Lady Cocktail with Cherries
Pink Lady
The Pink Lady cocktail proves that you shouldn't judge a drink by its color. Despite its 'girly' hue, this pink drink is a sophisticated sipper that's more dry than sweet. Try our easy recipe and make the classic cocktail at home in just five minutes.
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Pisco Sour from Above
Pisco Sour
The Pisco Sour's flavors will transport you to South America. Follow our easy Pisco Sour recipe and craft the iconic cocktail at home in just a few minutes.
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Amaretto Sour with White Background
Amaretto Sour
Crafting an Amaretto Sour is easy. The challenge is deciding which ingredients to add. Since we add both Disaronno Amaretto and Bourbon, our Amaretto Sour recipe is technically a Disaronno Sour recipe and it's delicious.
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Ramos Gin Fizz Cocktail Up Close with Straw and Pink Background
Ramos Gin Fizz
The Ramos Gin Fizz is a quintessential New Orleans cocktail. Learn how to craft the fizzy gin drink at home. Also discover why it's considered royalty in the Louisiana city where the good times roll all year long but especially during Mardi Gras.
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New York Sour Cocktail with Black Background Centered
New York Sour
The New York Sour takes the classic Whiskey Sour to a new level by adding a red wine float. This ruby layer provides a fruity zing plus a stripe of elegance.
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White Lady
Proving that you shouldn't judge a cocktail by its name, the White Lady Cocktail is a classic drink that's appropriate for multicultural cocktail connoisseurs. Learn how to craft a White Lady cocktail at home in just five minutes.
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Egg White Cocktails FAQs

What are egg white cocktails?

Egg white cocktails are frothy cocktails crafted with egg whites.

How to make egg white foam cocktails?

The best way to make egg white foam cocktails is via a two-step shaking process, first with ice and then without ice.

Which cocktails have egg whites?

Numerous cocktails have egg white in their recipes. Popular egg white cocktails include the Whiskey Sour, Gin Fizz and Pink Lady.

What is the most iconic egg white cocktail?

Dating back to the 19th century, the Whiskey Sour is the most iconic egg white cocktail.

Can you drink raw egg white in cocktails?

Yes, you can drink raw egg white in cocktails. However, you should use the freshest available eggs to avoid potential stomach discomfort. Another option is to use pasteurized egg white.

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About The Authors

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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on their website 2foodtrippers. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.

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Original Publication Date: October 7, 2023