Master egg white cocktails with these 12 winter cocktail recipes

From New York to Chicago speakeasies, a layer of egg white foam atop a champagne coupe was always a symbol of elegance. Few are the egg white cocktails who enjoy the privilege of this frothy, creamy crest, achieved with a technique that has been refined for centuries now.


And at the cornerstone of said technique is soda water, the essential ingredient to making the egg whites glide over the top of the cocktail while adding a silky, luxurious aftertaste to the drink. But as simple as is adding an egg white to a cocktail mix, getting the perfect foam requires knowing a couple of barista secrets.


Before we start, you will need the Barvivo Cocktail Shaker for all of these recipes. Make sure to get yours before learning everything about egg white mixology!


The dry shake, the key to egg white cocktails

Dry Shake

By now, you should know that adding egg white to a cocktail is for texture, not flavor, and there is only one way of making this ingredient shine: by doing a dry shake. Failing to perform this technique will result in a loose, not-so-good-looking foam layer. Here's how to do it right:


  1. Dry shake: Shake the cocktail's ingredients, including the egg white, in a cocktail shaker without ice for 7 seconds.
  2. Wet shake: Now, add ice and shake for another 10 to 15 seconds. It will cool and strengthen the previously developed foam.
  3. Soda water: After straining the cocktail in the glass, top it with soda water. About half an ounce should be enough, but note that not all recipes call for this, as it can excessively dilute the drink.

And now that you know how pros do it, here's a list of the best egg white cocktails, including the all-star sours, for you to test your skills on:


Winter Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour

 

The quintessential whiskey egg white cocktail. This recipe is tailor-made for the winter with a Danish hygge touch, adding spices and maple syrup into the mix. Ideal for a cozy afternoon by the fire.


2 ½ ounces rye whiskey

1 ounce lemon juice

½ ounce maple syrup

1 teaspoon Cynar

1 teaspoon Allspice Dram

2 dashes angostura bitters

1 egg white

Garnish (optional): anise star or basil leaf


Add all ingredients to your cocktail shaker and perform a dry shake. Add ice and shake again for a wet shake. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an anise star on top.


Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour

Pisco, citrus, sweetener, and egg white are the ingredients of this cocktail of unclear origins. Whether it was invented in Peru, Chile, or the US, one thing is sure: this sweet and tart drink can always be counted to be a party pleaser. Here's how to make this legendary egg white cocktail in which pisco, a grape-distilled brandy, is the absolute star:


2 ounces pisco

1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

½ ounce simple syrup

1 egg white

Garnish: Angostura bitters


Combine pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white into your cocktail shaker and dry-shake. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass or a rocks glass, and garnish with 3 drops of Angostura bitters.


Winter Vodka Sour

Winter Vodka Sour

There's no egg white cocktail with vodka that can throw a shadow on the Vodka Sour. This vodka variation of the sour cocktails is just as sweet and tart and the red hue from the cranberry juice gives it a festive look. You already know the basics of a sour, so go ahead and try this on your next cocktail night over the holidays.


2 ounces vodka

1 ounce lemon juice

1 ounce cranberry juice

½ ounce lime juice

½ ounce simple syrup

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

1 egg white

Soda water

Garnish: speared strawberries


To your cocktail shaker, add the vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, syrup, bitters, and egg white and dry shake. Add ice, then wet shake. Strain the drink into a rocks glass with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with speared strawberries.


Gin Fizz

Gin Fizz

The classic of the classics. A velvety texture, a snap of lemon, a refreshing yet delicate mouthfeel... no wonder this end-of-the-century drink is the number one gin egg white cocktail. Here's the recipe:


2 ounces gin

1 ounce lemon juice

¾ ounce simple syrup

1 egg white

Soda water

Garnish: lemon wheel


Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white to your cocktail. Energetically dry shake, then add ice and wet shake. Strain into a chilled rocks glass with ice and top with soda water and a lemon wheel garnish.


Clover Club

Clover Club Cocktail

Red is the color of the season, and red is the color of this sparkling, festive cocktail that shows why lemon and raspberries are a match made in heaven. A lesser-known gin egg white cocktail, this pre-Prohibition drink is a bit more time-consuming to make than the others, but oh so rewarding.


2 ounces gin

½ ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

½ ounce raspberry syrup (recipe below)

1 egg white

Garnish: 3 speared raspberries


Raspberry syrup recipe: add 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water to a pot, stirring over medium heat. When the sugar has dissolved, reduce heat to low and add ½ cup fresh raspberries, and let it simmer until the fruit is broken down. Fine strain and add ½ ounce vodka. Refrigerate until well chilled (it will last good for up to a month in your refrigerator).


Cocktail recipe: to your cocktail shaker, add gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white. Dry shake, then add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled Martini glass, and garnish with 3 speared raspberries.


Burnside Fizz

Burnside Fizz

Caitlin Laman, over at Food & Wine, is the creator of this cocktail meant for coffee lovers, with a touch of spice that gives it a festive flair. For this recipe, you will need the Barvivo Cold Brew Coffee Maker to make the cold brew coffee for the coffee soda.


2 ounces dry London gin

¾ ounce fresh lemon juice

½ ounce cinnamon syrup (recipe below)

1 egg white

3 ounces chilled coffee soda (1 part cold brew coffee, 2 parts soda water)

Garnish (optional): lemon peel strip, coffee beans


Cinnamon syrup recipe: combine 1 cup sugar, 4 ounces water, and three cinnamon sticks broken into two in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and strain into a jar. Let it cool and refrigerate.


Cocktail recipe: to your cocktail shaker, add the gin, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, and egg white. Dry shake, then add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled highball glass or Martini glass and top with coffee soda. Optionally garnish the glass with a lemon peel strip and coffee beans.


Apricot Sour

Apricot Sour

Back to the sours, this time with the fragrant touch of apricot. This off-the-radar drink is a great alternative when you want to surprise your guests on a cocktail night.


1 ½ ounces apricot brandy

1 ounce sweet vermouth

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 egg white

3 dashes of orange bitters

Soda water

Garnish: brandied cherry and fresh apricot slice or fresh lime wedges


In your cocktail shaker, dry shake the brandy, vermouth, lemon juice, egg white, and bitters. Add ice and wet shake, then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Pour soda water on top, and garnish with a brandied cherry and apricot slice speared together or a few lime wedges.


New York Sour

New York Sour

Another classic to add to your repertoire, the New York Sour is essentially a twist on the Whiskey Sour, adding red wine to the mix. To try a recipe that departs from the original, use bourbon and sparkling red wine.


2 ounces bourbon

1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

¾ ounce simple syrup

1 egg white

½ ounce red sparkling wine

Garnish: orange twist


Add the whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white to your cocktail shaker. Dry shake, then wet shake. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Slowly pour the red sparkling wine over the back of a spoon and garnish with an orange twist.


White Lady

White Lady

An after-dinner treat, the White Lady is one of the best egg white cocktails to share with friends and family on a celebration day. Also known as Delilah or Chelsea Sidecar, it's a gin egg white cocktail well worth trying at home.


2 ounces gin

1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 egg white

Soda water

Garnish: dehydrated lemon wheel


To your cocktail shaker, add the gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and egg white. Shake vigorously, then add ice and shake again. Strain the mix into a Martini glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a dehydrated lemon slice on top.


Ace

Ace Cocktail

Here's a cocktail for a snowy holiday afternoon: the Ace. What's so special about this one? Well, apart from its slick name, the grenadine and cream mix in this cocktail will be a welcome novelty to your palate and your guests'.


1 ½ ounce gin

½ ounce cream

½ ounce grenadine

¼ tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

egg white

Garnish: ground nutmeg or ground cinnamon, optional dried rose bud


In your cocktail shaker, combine the gin, cream, grenadine, lemon juice, and egg white. Vigorously dry shake, add ice and shake again. Strain into a champagne coupe, and garnish with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg or cinnamon to taste and an optional dried rose bud.


Scheherazade

Scheherezade

The combination of pomegranate syrup, amaretto, and vodka, topped with the slick egg white head makes this cocktail something you'll want to wish Aladdin's genie for. Luckily, you won't be needing his lamp, just your trusty cocktail shaker, and this recipe:


1 ounce vodka

½ ounce pomegranate syrup

½ ounce Amaretto

egg white

Garnish (optional): basil leafe


Combine the vodka, pomegranate syrup, Amaretto, and egg white in your cocktail shaker. Dry shake to foam the egg white, then add ice and wet shake until well chilled. Strain the cocktail into a chilled champagne coupe and optionally garnish with a basil leaf.


Port Flip

Port Flip

Last on our list, but not least, here's a cocktail for wine sommeliers: a dessert drink made with port wine that is rich, frothy, and, to mix things up a bit, it calls for the entire egg rather than just the white.


1 ¾ ounces ruby port

1 ounce cognac

1 ounce heavy cream

1 whole egg

1.5 teaspoons extra-fine sugar

1 teaspoon yellow Chartreuse

Garnish (optional): dried flower petals, lavender twig, lemon twist


Combine all ingredients except the Chartreuse into your cocktail shaker and energetically dry shake. Add ice, then wet shake. Strain into a chilled champagne coupe, add the Chartreuse and garnish with the assortment of flower petals, lavender twig and lemon twist.

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