How to Make Gourmet Drinks With Raw Eggs (Safety, Tips, & More)
Raw eggs? Really? If you’re new to the world of cocktails, then you might be surprised to learn that there are hundreds of drink recipes that call for raw eggs (usually just the egg whites). We’ve even shared a few of these drink recipes ourselves (Ramos Gin Fizz and the Clover Club being two of them).
While food safety laws have made these drink recipes fairly safe to enjoy on an evening out at the bar, there is always a risk of becoming sick after consuming raw eggs. Whether you choose to consume cocktails with raw eggs while out on the town or whether you prefer to make gourmet drinks at home using raw eggs, be sure that you know what you’re getting into…
When you use raw eggs, there is always a risk of salmonella. The risk is low, but it is there, which means you should never consume these kinds of cocktails if you have a compromised immune system.
Choosing Raw Eggs for Your Cocktails
If you would like to buy raw eggs for your drink recipes, then follow these purchasing and storing guidelines:
- Use a good dose of common sense when inspecting the carton. Are any of the eggs cracked? Are they past the expiration date? Has the USDA or some other reputable organization inspected the product?
- We recommend buying pasteurized eggs. Some bartenders and chefs will tell you that a pasteurized egg doesn’t have as much flavor, which is true, but they’re much safer. Pasteurized eggs – theoretically – contain no harmful bacteria. Again, there are no guarantees.
- Store your eggs in the back of the refrigerator on the bottom shelf where the temperature is at the lowest.
Mixing Eggs for Cocktails
- When cooking with egg whites, you may be in the habit of using the eggshell to strain the egg white into the mixing bowl, withholding the yolk with the shell. While this is okay for cooking, it’s not okay when it comes to drink recipes. Use a spoon or some other separation device and avoid contact with the outer shell.
- Cocktails with egg whites have to be shaken twice – once without ice (a dry shake) and once with ice.