Many classic cocktails contain egg white in their original recipes. In more modern times, we’ve started shying away from egg white cocktails for fear of foodborne illnesses. Fortunately, the actual risk from enjoying an egg white cocktail is very low, so it’s time to break out the cocktail shaker. We’ve chosen twelve of our favorite egg white cocktails for you to enjoy.
What Is an Egg White Foam Cocktail?
An egg white cocktail is a drink that contains raw egg whites that are usually shaken with the other ingredients. Contrary to what you might think, the egg white doesn’t add an eggy flavor to the drink. This is because most of the flavor in an egg comes from the yolk and not the egg whites. Instead of eggy-ness, egg whites add an almost creamy texture, mellow the flavors of the drink and add a wonderful layer of creamy white egg foam to the top of the drink.
Many of the most popular egg white cocktails include drinks in the categories of “sours” or “fizzes.” This is because these recipes use sour, tart ingredients like lemon and lime, which really benefit from the creaminess of egg whites. Think of the difference between a glass of orange juice and an orange creamsicle. The citrus becomes less tart, so more of those sweet underlying flavors shine through.
- What Is an Egg White Foam Cocktail?
- Making the Perfect Egg White Foam for Cocktails
- 12 Delicious and Elegant Egg White Cocktails
- Try an Egg White Cocktail and Discover a New Favorite
Making the Perfect Egg White Foam for Cocktails
Egg whites are generally blended in with the other drink ingredients in a cocktail shaker rather than being frothed separately and spooned on top of the drink.
To make the perfect egg white drink, you need a nice, thick foam that rises to the top. There’s a special method that’s required to achieve this result.
The best foam comes from doing what is called a dry shake in a cocktail shaker. You combine the egg white with the other cocktail ingredients and shake vigorously. The reason this is called a dry shake is that the ice isn’t included – yet.
A warm egg white cocktail just doesn’t sound good. In fact, it sounds like scrambled eggs. So, at some point, we need to introduce the ice. This happens during the second shake.
After the egg white and other ingredients have been masterfully shaken together, add the ice to the shaker and give it a second shake or two. This cools the drink without interfering with the quality of the egg foam.
For the best tasting foam, make sure you use the freshest eggs. Also, while you can purchase cartons of just egg whites, the best foam comes from egg whites that have been separated from a fresh, whole egg.
12 Delicious and Elegant Egg White Cocktails
1. Whiskey Sour Cocktail
The Whiskey Sour is one of the classic egg white cocktails, and it’s one of the easiest ones to master when you’re ready to add egg white cocktails to your repertoire. The Whiskey Sour has simple ingredients, but when perfectly blended, they all make for one wonderful cocktail.
This cocktail recipe calls for your favorite whiskey, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, angostura bitters (optional), and egg white foam. If you want to take the easy way, you can just buy some premade sour mix, but this version with lemon and simple syrup is pure perfection.
2. White Lady Cocktail
The White Lady is a version of a gin sour. Anyone who enjoys gin understands how well citrusy, sour flavors go with the botanical spirit. All you need for the White Lady is gin, orange liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg whites.
To make this cocktail, you just need to add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. This is important for creating that nice, perfect foam. You then want to add some ice and give it another shake. Once the cocktail is blended and chilled from the ice, pour it into a beautiful cocktail glass and enjoy.
3. Love Potion Cocktail
The Love Potion Cocktail is as wonderful to look at as it is to taste. This is the perfect cocktail for Valentine’s Day or any romantic occasion, but we can also totally see serving this one, gathered with some good friends for a rom-com movie marathon.
This is one of those cocktail creations where simple is better. You only need four ingredients, which include white rum, Aperol, pineapple juice, and egg whites. Of course, you also need ice and a good hand with the cocktail shaker to give it that smooth, almost velvety creamy body. If you happen to have them on hand, a small sprinkling of rose petals is a gorgeous garnish.
4. Blackberry Lavender Gin Sour
This is another take on the classic gin sour drink, but this one is enhanced with the flavors of blackberry and lavender. This is a cocktail that’s both unique and elegant. Once you pour this beauty into a chilled glass, it settles into these beautiful layers of colors.
For this delicious cocktail, you’ll need fresh blackberries, honey lavender syrup, gin, lemon juice, sage bitters, and egg white. Add ice and shake well to create a nice froth. Pour, and enjoy.
5. Grapefruit Pisco Sour
Pisco is a type of brandy from Peru and Chile, and it’s used to make the classic Pisco sour. In this cocktail recipe by Emily Fabulous, fresh grapefruit juice adds some wonderful depth of flavor and a nice citrusy punch.
In addition to the Pisco and grapefruit juice, you’ll also want to gather some simple syrup, fresh lime juice, egg white, and your favorite cocktail shaker.
6. Gin Fizz
We’ve already mentioned a couple of gin fizz variations on our list, so it’s only fitting that we include the original classic cocktail as well. Along with the whiskey sour, the gin fizz ranks at the very top of favorite egg white cocktails.
To create the authentic, light, and refreshing flavors of gin fizz, you’ll need a high-quality gin. None of that cheap stuff. You want a smooth gin with nice botanical flavors. You’ll also need fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, and club soda water. Shake well, then add ice and shake some more to chill. Enjoy this perfect cocktail on a balmy summer evening.
7. Aperol Sour
The Aperol Sour is smooth, velvety, and looks absolutely gorgeous in a nice cocktail glass. We really love how the botanical flavors of gin fuse with Aperol for a cocktail that’s almost impossible to get enough of. Plus, the egg white added in just makes this cocktail all the more decadent. This cocktail looks wonderful in a chilled martini glass, garnished with a lemon twist.
8. Vodka Sour
A vodka sour is the quintessential refreshing drink. Vodka doesn’t offer overpowering flavors that interfere with the brightness of the lemon juice, lime juice, honey, and Angostura bitters in this classic cocktail. Instead, all those wonderful citrusy flavors shine through. The egg white added to this vodka sour also helps to mellow the overly tart flavors of citrus, making it extra sippable and delicious.
9. Sloe Gin Fizz
The Sloe Gin Fizz is just as popular as the classic gin fizz recipe. For this cocktail recipe, you need sloe gin, which is a red liqueur that’s made with little sloe berries. Sloe gin is sweeter and lower in alcohol than regular gin.
Sloe gin is combined with simple syrup in this recipe, which creates a rather sweet mixture. Fresh lemon juice, egg white, and soda water are added to create the perfect balance of sweet, smooth, and tart.
10. New Orleans Fizz
If you’re feeling adventurous, the New Orleans Fizz has a few more ingredients than the other cocktails on our list, but the bit of extra time it requires is well worth the end product.
The New Orleans Fizz is a combination of gin, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, fresh lemon juice, orange flower water, cream, egg white, and club soda. To make this, combine all the ingredients except the club soda in a cocktail shaker. You want to use the dry shake method without ice to create a good foam. Then, add the ice and shake some more to chill.
Pour into a glass and top with the club soda for a deliciously creamy and fizzy treat.
11. Million Dollar Cocktail
The Million Dollar Cocktail may taste like a millionaire’s dream, but it is a great cocktail that you won’t have to break the bank to make. To make this drink, you simply need gin, sweet vermouth, pineapple juice, and grenadine in addition to the egg whites. The combination of pineapple juice and sweet vermouth is an interesting twist and one that we think you’ll find to be irresistible.
12. Aviation Blush Sour
by Food & Wine
The classic Aviation Cocktail is a drink that’s made with a liqueur called Creme de Violette, which is a floral spirit that’s a beautiful lavender hue in color. The delicate floral favors are combined with gin, brandied cherries, maraschino liqueur, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and of course, egg white.
This egg white cocktail is pure perfection and will make an elegant addition to your next cocktail party.
How do you make an egg white foam cocktail?
The best way to make an egg white foam cocktail is to use the dry shake method, where the egg white and the cocktail ingredients are added together and shaken vigorously before ice is added.
Can you use liquid egg white foam for cocktails?
Technically yes, you can use liquid egg whites in your cocktails, but there will be some differences in the quality of foam, smoothness, and flavor. While liquid egg whites might not be on the list of expert mixologists, they do work well for people who are uneasy about using egg whites straight from eggs.
Are egg white cocktails safe?
Many food experts agree that egg white cocktails that use pasteurized eggs are safe to drink, with a risk level that’s very low. The key here is to use pasteurized eggs, as this helps prevent salmonella. However, there is still some risk when consuming any raw egg product, and certain groups of people who are at a higher risk for foodborne illnesses should refrain.
Try an Egg White Cocktail and Discover a New Favorite
Allow yourself the treat of sitting back with a chilled cocktail glass filled with one of the best egg white foam cocktails. They’re delicious, and they’re classics. See what all the fuss is about and try one of these wonderful cocktails today.