Egg whites in cocktails? Don’t knock ‘em til you try ‘em

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Seeing an influx of egg whites in craft cocktails? Maybe so. But this “trend” isn’t new at all.

Adding egg whites in cocktails has been a thing since the late 19th century and especially during the 1920s.

Stefan Huebner, partner of and mixologist at Dot Dot Dot, explained that eggs were a great substitute for dairy products (like cream) in cocktails due to lack of refrigeration during Prohibition.

The main reason egg whites are used in cocktails?

“Mouth feel. All mouth feel,” said Stefan. “You’ll get very little flavor from the egg white itself.”

Sean Potter, Stoke’s director of food and drink, concurs.

“The egg whites add a nice texture to the cocktail, and it smoothes it out quite a bit,” said Potter. “I love the frothy profile you get in your mouth.”

Here’s a short list of egg-inclusive cocktails around Charlotte.


Soul Gastrolounge

Smoke and Mirrors

Glenmorganie 10 year scotch, Ardbeg 10 year scotch, vanilla-infused coffee, lemon, cream, egg white and soda ($13)

Flip Tease

Sombra Mezcal, Amaro Montenegro, Pear Spiced Cocchi Americano, lime juice, whole egg and Sprite ($13)


Essex

Harvest Moon and Kentucky Fall Mule

Harvest Moon (left, Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, egg whites, apple cider, agave, angostura bitters, served up and dusted with cinnamon ($12)) and Kentucky Fall Mule (right, Rye whiskey, egg whites, agave, bitters, house-made ginger beer, pumpkin spice syrup, dusted with cinnamon ($12))


Dot Dot Dot

White Lady

Made with Bombay dry gin, orange Curacao, fresh lemon, sugar and egg white, served up ($13).

Strawberry Fizz

Reyka Vodka, Sutler’s Gin, egg white, strawberry puree, lime and rosé, served up ($13)

Truffle New York Sour

Larceny Bourbon, orange liqueur, truffle egg white, house sweet and sour and ruby port, served up ($14)


The Punch Room

Aperol Fizz

Made with Aperol, egg white and club soda ($16).

Pisco Sour

Pisco, muddled lemon and lime, topped with house-made St-Germain foam ($18). Via Instagram.


Stoke

The Hive

Made with Topo Gin, local honey, lemon, egg whites and Benedictine ($10).

Clover Club

Gin, raspberry syrup, lemon juice and egg whites ($10). Photo courtesy of Stoke.

 


Sophia’s Lounge

Cupids Cup

Made with Aperol, pisco, lemon, egg white, simple syrup ($14)

Higher Education

Maker’s Mark, egg white, amaretto and black walnut bitters ($14). Photo via Instagram.


204 North

Lake Wylie

Made with bourbon, lemon, simple syrup and egg white and dashed with angostura bitters ($12).

Rum Into Fall

Aged rum, pumpkin spice syrup, lemon juice and egg white ($12). Photo courtesy 204 North.


The Broken Spoke

Bessie’s Bread

Made with GWR Rúa Single Malt, cinnamon raisin syrup, egg whites and cream with an absinthe wash ($11).


The Cellar at Duckworth’s

Smoked Whiskey Sour

A house-smoked version of a whiskey sour ($15).

NY Gin Sour

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Fresh gin sour made with lime and topped off with a red wine float ($15).

Feature photo via Stoke Charlotte.

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Allie Papajohn
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