Here are the best classic egg white cocktails to try! The trick to that perfect frothy egg white foam is easier than you think.
What’s makes a more classic cocktail than an egg white foam topping? Bartenders have been adding egg whites to cocktails since the 1860’s. Why? Not only do they add a frothy texture to the surface of the drink, they also add a creamy rich flavor. You can taste the difference! Alex and I have tasted the same cocktail with and without foam, and we always opt for foam every time. Here’s how to make the perfect egg white foam layer, and then our favorite egg white cocktails!
A “dry shake” makes the best egg white foam
How to get the perfect foam? The best frothy egg white form is achieved by doing something called a Dry Shake. (Use that bartender term when you want to impress!) If you don’t do a dry shake, you’ll end up with a loose, wimpy foam layer. Here’s how the Dry Shake works:
- The first shake without ice lets the protein in the egg begin to form foam, instead of being diluted by the ice.
- The second shake with ice cools the drink and strengthens the foam. Strain it into the glass and you’ll get a thick, white frothy layer.
Note: There’s also a technique called a Reverse Shake, where you shake the drink with ice first, then shake without it. It gets an even larger amount of foam, but for most drinks we find the classic Dry Shake works just fine.
And now…the best classic egg white cocktails to make!
Here's a classic egg white cocktail: the amaretto sour! It's nothing like those syrupy versions with sour mix. Made correctly, this drink can be one of the best cocktails out there. It’s tangy and sweet tart, with a hint of almond from the amaretto that’s toned down by the secret ingredient: bourbon. Add that smooth, creamy egg white foam, and it's pretty darn perfect.
The Gin Fizz is one of the most iconic egg white cocktails! Check out the frothy foam on this one. It's got that classic foam layer, and is topped off with soda water which adds even greater height. It's a tangy drink made with gin and lemon.
Ahh the whiskey sour: another classic egg white cocktail! The whiskey sour can be made with and without the egg white foam: with the foam it's sometimes called a Boston Sour. This drink goes back centuries, and it's flavor is perfectly balanced between sweet, tart, and boozy.
Here's a sophisticated classic cocktail that steals the show: the Clover Club! This bright pink drink stems back before Prohibition, but it's just as en vogue today. Sweet raspberry or grenadine syrup combine with zingy lemon and gin to make a perfectly balanced sweet tart drink. A classic egg white foam gives a creamy body and frothy texture to each sip! This one's a unique gin cocktail that's just plain fun.
There’s truly no drink like it. Meet the classic pisco sour! This sour cocktail from Peru is mega popular for a reason. It’s just that good. There’s really nothing like a pisco sour. The way the pisco melds with the lime makes it bright, mellow, and distinctly magical. Decorate the egg white foam with a pattern using bitters to be ultra classic.
This spin on the classic Gin Fizz is fruity, unique, and even more refreshing than the original. Meet the Sloe Gin Fizz! Sloe Gin is neither gin, nor slow, but it’s absolutely worth finding a bottle to make this cocktail! It’s tart and fizzy, with a fruity finish that makes you want to immediately keep sipping.
The tequila sour is a tasty egg white cocktail that's a spinoff of the whiskey sour! It's delightfully refreshing sweet tart drink with a frothy foam topping! Think of it as a mashup of a 1920’s sour cocktail with a margarita.
The White Lady cocktail is a 1920’s style sour is clear and crisp, with a refreshing flavor and a frothy egg white foam topping. It’s super classy, perfect for a cocktail night or just sipping on the porch. It's made with gin and lemon, and served in a martini glass or coupe.
Here’s a cocktail with a long history that inspired a slew of other drinks: the Gin Sour! It’s the lesser known cousin to sours like the Whiskey Sour and Amaretto Sour. But the Gin Sour is just as tasty as its cousins: smooth, tart, balanced, with floral notes from the gin. Top it with a classic egg white foam for a creamy body and frothy finish. It’s a unique sour to remember!
The vodka sour is another classic egg white cocktail that's a spin-off on the whiskey sour! This one is refreshingly sweet tart and the frothy egg white foam adds creaminess and richness. Add a few drops of bitters to add intrigue to the flavor.
Is it safe to drink egg white cocktails?
If you’re worried about the safety of raw egg whites in cocktails, don’t worry: the risk of salmonella is very low. In fact: melons, salad, and peanuts, have more of a threat for salmonella than eggs! Here’s how to safely store and use eggs to minimize risk (via Food & Wine).
What can I use instead of egg whites in cocktails?
Can’t eat eggs and want to make an egg white foam? Don’t worry: you can use aquafaba! Aquafaba is the liquid that’s in a can of chickpeas. Because it’s starchy, it can work as a binder similar to an egg. Use the following formula: Two tablespoons of aquafaba equals one egg white.Print
Classic Amaretto Sour
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 drink 1x
Here’s one of the most iconic egg white cocktails: the amaretto sour! It’s got just the right balance of amaretto with bourbon and lemon, and a creamy rich egg white foam.
- 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) amaretto
- ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) bourbon whiskey
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup or maple syrup
- 1 egg white (optional)*
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- For the garnish: Cocktail cherry or Luxardo cherry, lemon slice
- Add the amaretto, bourbon, lemon juice, syrup, egg white, and bitters to a cocktail shaker without ice. Shake for 15 seconds.
- Add the ice to the cocktail shaker. Shake again for 30 seconds.
- Strain the drink into a glass; the foam will collect at the top. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.
*Substitute 2 tablespoons aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas) for a vegan variation.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: Cocktails
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Egg White Cocktails
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