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How to use Egg Whites in Cocktails

Here’s how to work with Egg Whites in a Cocktail, step-by-step:

  1. Add all drink ingredients (including egg white) to the shaker, without ice.Stencils
  2. “Dry Shake” the ingredients together, without ice.  If wanted, you can also use a “blender ball” to help incorporate.
  3. Add ice and shake the way you normally would.
  4. Pour into a prepared glass
  5. (Optional) Garnish with bitters in a stencil or drop-pattern
  6.  Express citrus oils across the top of the cocktail

[box type=”info”]I don’t recommend using a whole egg in your drink.  Fresh egg whites are great, but try to limit the egg white in the cocktail to 3/4 of an ounce.  Otherwise the drink can end up muted and under-flavored.[/box]

Compensating for Egg Whites

Bourbon DrinkWhen using Egg Whites in cocktails, they have a tendency to mute the other strong flavors in the drink (for better or worse!)  In our example, that meant I knew the Whiskey and the Citrus would be less pronounced, so I adjusted the recipe to use a little more of each.

When Adding Egg Whites to a Recipe:

  • Increase the Spirit slightly
  • Increase the Citrus slightly
  • If you’re using liqueurs or other flavored ingredients, try to “kick up” the flavor by swapping for a stronger flavored ingredient or using more. (If you use more of a sweet ingredient like liqueurs or flavored syrups, remember you may need to adjust the citrus to compensate.)