Cocktail Hour: Bright and Cheery

Oh, the life of a blogger! It can sometimes be really fun. Recently I was selected to create some recipes for the Safest Choice Eggs An Egg for Every Occasion campaign through Honest Cooking, and I'm super excited about the challenge. I don't get to work with eggs all that often, both because of my vegan boyfriend and my mostly vegan clients. So experimenting was the name of the game with this assignment.

In honor of my new monthly feature, Cocktail Hour, I decided to delve into the world of egg white cocktails. I love egg white cocktails. LOVE. Egg whites add a froth and body to your drink that really compliment and elevate the flavor, especially super citrusy cocktails that can sometimes be a bit one-note.

However, the stigma surrounding raw egg is one not to be underestimated. On more than one occasion I have pitched an egg white cocktail at a dinner party or a brunch to a room full of guests and gotten squeamish faces in return. Here is where #SafestChoice comes in - their eggs are pasteurized. Pasteurized = peace of mind! Their all-natural pasteurization process eliminates the risk of Salmonella while retaining excellent flavor and culinary performance. They even earned the Seal of Approval from the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

And so, here we have a cocktail fit to safely be the star and fan favorite at your next get-together.... The Bright and Cheery! It's got citrus, it's got berries, it's got herbs... and it's got egg whites! Oh, what more could you ask for really? I will most definitely be making these for the upcoming brunch I volunteered to host.

Bright and Cheery
4-6 fennel fronds
3 blackberries
2 ounces gin
juice of 1 orange
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 egg white from 1 Safest Choice egg

Add fennel fronds and blackberries to your cocktail shaker and muddle thoroughly. Then add gin, orange and lemon juice, and the egg white. Shake *vigorously* for one full minute. This is no joke - it's a serious work out. But it's also essential to get a proper froth.

Add 4-5 large ice cubes, and shake for an additional 30 seconds. Pour through a mesh strainer to be rid of any seeds, etc. Garnish with a few fennel leaves. Enjoy!

*This post was made in collaboration with Safest Choice Eggs and Honest Cooking. But please note that all opinions expressed are very much genuine and my own.*