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Drink of the Week: For Easter, cocktails with egg whites

From left are the Breakfast Old Fashioned, An Eggselent Margarita and the Penthouse, all of which incorporate egg whites.

SCOTT POLLENZ | Times

From left are the Breakfast Old Fashioned, An Eggselent Margarita and the Penthouse, all of which incorporate egg whites.

If seeing egg whites listed as a cocktail ingredient makes you do a double take, you're not alone. The idea of consuming raw eggs, much less eggs mixed with alcohol, grossed out my Drink of the Week taste testers. So I added egg whites to their favorite drinks to show them the enhancements the practically tasteless protein can bring. The egg whites elevated a classic margarita to new smooth, creamy heights, and a traditional Old Fashioned became a silky, rich version of its old self.

But what actually happens when you add egg whites to a drink? When added to a shaker and shook, air is inserted itself into the whites' unraveling proteins, creating a foam. It's the same as whisking egg whites in a bowl until they hold firm peaks. To get the egg whites, you could separate them from the yolk yourself or keep it simple and buy liquid egg whites from the grocery store.

Here are two well-known drink recipes with an added egg white twist, plus a take on a cocktail bar staple.

Scott Pollenz, Times staff writer

>>EASY

An Eggsellent Margarita

1 ½ ounces white tequila

3 ounces margarita mix

1 ounce egg whites (either 1 egg white or 2 tablespoons liquid egg whites)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with no ice (this is called a dry shake), and vigorously shake for 30 seconds to one minute.

Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime and a salt rim.

Makes 1 drink.

Source: Scott Pollenz, Times

>>EASY

Breakfast

Old Fashioned

2 ounces bourbon whiskey

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 teaspoon simple syrup

1 ounce egg whites

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with no ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds to one minute.

Strain into a glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange wedge and blueberries.

Source: Scott Pollenz, Times

>>EASY

The Penthouse

Based on a cocktail from St. Petersburg's Mandarin Hide, this drink packs a minty smooth punch.

2 ounces sweet vermouth

1 ounce Fernet-Branca bitters

1 ounce egg whites

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with no ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds to one minute.

Strain into a glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Source: Scott Pollenz, Times

Drink of the Week: For Easter, cocktails with egg whites 03/21/16 [Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2016 11:06am]
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