There are plenty of reasons to have a party. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the day that ends in a ‘y.’ Last month, we felt it would only be proper to have a party celebrating our redesign and relaunch after six years of delicious content. We teamed up with one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago, Nellcôte, and one of our favorite brands, Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs, to throw a quick Tuesday night cocktail party last month.
No matter what is on the menu, every good cocktail party needs a signature cocktail. At our launch event, we served a frothy, refreshing beverage made with fresh juice, thyme-infused simple syrup, rum and St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur.
So, where do Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs have a place in a cocktail party? You’ve probably noticed that egg whites are cropping up in bars all over the country as a primary ingredient on house cocktail lists. Besides novelty, egg whites give cocktails a rich, creamy texture and a beautiful foamy cap. They’re basically odorless and flavorless, so their contribution to cocktails is primarily in the texture, like in a mousse or meringue dish. Liquor keeps the egg whites from solidifying adding a fancier, more elegant touch to your beverage.
The problem with busy bartenders using raw egg white as an ingredient is that unpasteurized egg whites can contain the nasty bacteria that cause food borne illness. When they don’t wash their hands, then proceed to touch every surface behind the bar…it isn’t pretty. The all-natural Safest Choice pasteurization process uses a gentle warm water bath that does not change the nutrition or flavor.
Most eggs sold in cartons are NOT pasteurized, but Safest Choice™ all-natural egg pasteurization process eliminates the risk of Salmonella in eggs before the eggs even enter your kitchen.
For both its varieties, All-Natural and Cage-Free, Safest Choice only sources eggs from vegetarian-fed hens that are hormone and antibiotic free. Safest Choice eggs come from USDA certified and inspected farms that are Kosher certified by the Orthodox Union. Safest Choice also uses fresh Cage Free eggs from farms approved as Certified Humane.
Now, doesn’t that sound like something you’d want at your party? We agree and were proud to have the company as our launch event sponsor.
Because a party isn’t a party without a quality wine selection, Bonfire Wines joined us to pour Ember (a red wine blend) and Ignite, (a white wine blend). Bonfire Wines is a new brand of delicious wine (though some like to think all wine is delicious, we play favorites) sold in the eco-friendly and ultra-portable Bonfire Wine Pouch.
Social Enjoyments also attended, pouring its new sparkling sake wine in an ultra-refreshing cucumber hibiscus flavor. SOCIAL is all-natural, gluten-free and sweetened with 1 gram of sugar and 4 grams of carbs, clocking in with only 88 calories per 10.5 ounces.
- 1 large Safest Choice Pasteurized egg white
- ½ ounce thyme-infused simple syrup
- 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- ½ ounce St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
- 1 ½ ounce extra dry white rum
- Soda water
- Add all of the ingredients into to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for one minute. Add ice to the shaker. Shake again until chilled. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with soda water.