Discover nine egg white cocktails to craft and sip at home. Each one has a frothy top layer that’s practically impossible to resist.
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?
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.
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
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.
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
Egg White Cocktails FAQs
Egg white cocktails are frothy cocktails crafted with egg whites.
The best way to make egg white foam cocktails is via a two-step shaking process, first with ice and then without ice.
Numerous cocktails have egg white in their recipes. Popular egg white cocktails include the Whiskey Sour, Gin Fizz and Pink Lady.
Dating back to the 19th century, the Whiskey Sour is the most iconic egg white cocktail.
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
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