Secret Bartending Ingredient: Egg Whites

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Nothing tastes as voluptuous as a drink made with fresh egg whites. The recent cocktail resurgence has introduced a new generation of bartenders and drinkers to the guts and glory of this simple yet often-feared ingredient.

The silly, unfounded and tiring commotion surrounding the use of real eggs in cocktails now borders on entertaining. (For the record, they’re safe to drink.) Just buy fresh eggs and don’t let them waste away in the fridge. Pasteurized egg whites from a jar or powdered egg whites are in no way a reasonable substitute.

Now back to the glory. You can add an egg white to any sour-style cocktail, including a Whiskey Sour. (Use the yolk for an omelet.) Shake the ingredients with ice and the passion of a three-minute-kiss and you’ll have something tantamount to a sensual explosion. Egg whites won’t change the flavor of the drink, but will give it a luxurious creaminess. The flavors will linger on your palate and you’ll feel a pleasant, silky frothiness and the snap, crackle, pop of a milk-fed bowl of Rice Krispies. I often use these two sours to entice my friends to try a cocktail with egg whites. Be brave.

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White Lady

Contributed by: Allen Katz

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 oz Gin (Plymouth)
  • .5 oz Combier Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • .5 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Fresh egg white
  • Glass: Cocktail

PREPARATION:

Shake all the ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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Pisco Sour

Contributed by: Allen Katz

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 oz Pisco (Barsol Quebranta)
  • 1 oz Fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz Simple syrup
  • 1 Fresh egg white
  • Garnish: 3 Gentle drops Angostura Bitters
  • Glass: Flute

PREPARATION:

Shake ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into fluted glass. Garnish with 3 gentle drops of Angostura Bitters which will settle in the foam of the cocktail. Using a straw, swirl the bitters into a simple design.

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Allen Katz is the Director of Mixology & Spirits Education for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and one of Liquor.com’s advisors.

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