Which came First: The Cocktail or the Egg?

by | Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Forty Four

Eggs are an important and delicious cocktail ingredient. Here’s why, how to use them, and how to do it safely!

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In today’s Episode…

It’s only a couple of days until Easter, and in the USA that means hard boiled eggs will be everywhere! But before you boil all of your eggs, consider saving a couple to use in your cocktails. Here’s why and how!

Ancient History

Egg Nog is a drink that uses the whole egg – it’s one of the oldest types of mixed drinks and goes way back to the middle ages in England. Advocaat is sometimes called “Dutch Egg Nog” and similarly uses a whole egg.

No Yolk, Just White:

Nowadays, it’s much more common to see only the egg white used in cocktails  – not really the yolk. That’s probably because yolks are so rich and heavy, they may prevent the egg whites from “frothing”.

So… Why Egg Whites?

Three reasons:

  1. They create a light foam and makes your drink look great.
  2. They add body and a smooth, velvety texture to you cocktail.
  3. Egg Whites can “calm down” a strong acid or alcohol flavor.
How do you use them Safely?

There are two key factors when using egg whites safely: freshness and cleanliness.  If you’re using very fresh eggs, keeping them clean, and storing them properly, you should’t run into any issues. That said, here are a couple great videos that will explain more.

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