Have you ever been to a speakeasy? Or even in the presence of a mixologist? Did you notice that egg whites were in basically ever drink on the menu? You weren’t imagining things.
The reason egg whites are so popular in high end cocktails has nothing to do with getting your daily protein in. It actually doesn’t have much to do with flavor, either. Egg whites are used in drinks because it gives you a silky, foamy texture that just looks super impressive.
Tips for using egg whites
Truthfully, egg whites can be controversial. I wasn’t even allowed to eat the brownie batter off of the spoon as a kid because there was raw egg in it. My mom was convinced that salmonella was hiding around the corner, just waiting for me to lick that egg beater.
If you follow every CDC recommendation, are a vegan, or maybe just have a really hard time cracking eggs, you do not need to miss out! Here are a few options for substitutions:
- Liquid egg whites – This stuff rules. You can buy a carton in the egg aisle and keep in the fridge for a while. It’s great for throwing together a quick frittata but you can also use it for your cocktails. The best part – it’s pasteurized for safety. Use 3 Tbsp for 1 egg white.
- Aquafaba – If you’re allergic to eggs or are vegan, Aquafaba will work for you. It’s literally just the leftover liquid from canned chickpeas. Grab a can, drain the chickpeas and save the leftover aquafaba for your vegan mayo. Use 3 Tbsp for 1 egg white.
After you’ve sorted out your egg situation, pick up your gin. I chose Malfy Gin con Limone for this recipe. The gin is great on its own but their lemon variety is perfect for bright and fruity concoctions.
Grab some lemons and you’re almost there. This citrus squeezer is a must-have in any kitchen.
Shake it all up with ice and strain into a pretty little glass. The egg foam will rise to the top which makes a perfect blank canvas for a bitters garnish. Check out the video below to see how I do it.
Voilà! Enjoy under the shade of a lemon tree for maximum effect.
Lemon Gin Sour
- 2 oz gin
- 1 egg white
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- Garnish with bitters
- Fill your shaker with ice.
- Pour in your gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white.
- Shake it up!
- Pour into a glass and garnish with a few drops of bitters