May 2, 2011

Petal Pusher Cocktail

For the past few weeks I've been working on a special cocktail recipe!  Last month I was invited to participate in Kitchen Play's Progressive Party for May!  In case you haven't been to one of the parties, it's a unique concept that brings together cooks, bloggers and foodies.  Here's how it works:
"Each month Kitchen Play hosts a unique Progressive Party with six talented food bloggers assigned one of the following courses: cocktail, amuse bouche, salad, appetizer/soup, entrée (main course) and dessert. All six bloggers are challenged to incorporate the same product or kitchen tool into six wildly different courses.
Each Progressive Party is a sponsored event. Six new bloggers are chosen to participate each month. Each month Kitchen Play also features a back-end contest to involve as many additional bloggers as possible."
I'm so thrilled to be part of this month's Kitchen-Play “Safest Choice Pasteurized Shell Eggs”  Progressive Party.  This Progressive Party will feature six different courses created by six different bloggers using Safest Choice Pasteurized Shell Eggs which are completely safe to eat raw.  Since the eggs are pasteurized, the FDA does not require them to carry any warning labels against eating raw eggs!  This is terrific since I have a hard time keeping my fingers out of cookie batter, I love Caesar salad and I've always wanted to make cocktails with egg whites!  And to make it easier for you to create one of this month's recipes, here's a link to three $1.00 coupons for Safest Choice Eggs.  Just a little incentive to not only try the eggs but try out a recipe for a chance to win $100!

For the party I was assigned the cocktail course (my favorite along with dessert).  In the past I've had the pineapple cocktail that is shaken with egg whites and have loved the texture and creaminess the added white gives the drink.  Egg whites are a great binding agent and when shaken with the other ingredients produce a dreamy froth.  In addition, when egg whites are combined with a citrus juice, the proteins bind and the foam stays the length of the drink rather than collapsing after the first sip.  A little interesting history shows that eggs in combination with drinks dates back to 1690 when eggs were added as a necessary nutrient source to beer and wine (yikes!).  Eventually in the 1800's a version of this became a breakfast drink that would cure a hangover (this is why I love cocktail history).

Every drink I make turns out pink.  I don't know whether it's the ingredients or the color I'm drawn to but this one is no exception!  The splash of rose syrup adds just enough sweetness and flavor to complement the grapefruit and gin.  I've penned this cocktail the "Petal Pusher":
  • 1 Egg White from a Safest Choice Pasteurized Shell Egg
  • 1 oz. Pink or Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice (fresh squeezed from the market tastes great)
  • 2 oz. Dry Gin (stick with a basic like Bombay)
  • 1/4 oz. rose syrup
  • Ice
  • Sugar for rimming the glass (this can be your choice)
Pour liquids in a cocktail shaker and shake without ice for 20-30 seconds or shakes (this helps the egg whites bind).
Add a handful of ice then shake hard for another 20-30 seconds - this really gets the foam going!
Strain into a rimmed cocktail glass and spoon remaining froth on top of drink.

A couple of tips:
It's all an experiment.  If you don't find that you have enough foam, keep shaking!  The key is knowing when to stop so that you don't have stiff peaks to plow through in your drink.  You can also control the amount of foam by blending the drink with one or two ice cubes in a blender for a couple of seconds.  Keep an eye on the blender when doing this so it doesn't foam over!! 

Do keep the foam because it adds lovely texture and flavor to the drink!

Rimming the glass.   I LOVE rimmed glasses.  They add not only flavor but a bit of sparkle.  You can first wet the glass with rose water, grapefruit juice or diluted rose syrup and then dip into sugar.  For this cocktail I mixed a beautiful organic rose colored sugar in the raw from Whole Foods with a sugar in the raw.  For less sugar, you can just coat half the rim!

If you're curious about where to find the eggs, click here and find them in your state!  Knowing that there are eggs I can eat raw changes my outlook on not only cookie batter and salads but now cocktails.  I can't wait to break out an egg cocktail at my next dinner party.  Plus, with this dreamy of a cocktail who wouldn't want to give it a sip (or two)?


  1. What a pretty cocktail! Nothing wrong with pink drinks :)

  2. Love that petal pink colour... so perfect for spring!
    I have to admit that I'm always leery of raw egg whites in cocktails (which is kind of silly, because I make mayonnaise with raw eggs all the time without a second of hesitation). I'll have to hunt down some of these Safest Choice eggs now, so that I can finally try a proper egg white cocktail and see what the fuss is about! :)

  3. These look gorgeous, I can hardly wait to give these a try very soon! My friends and I really enjoy checking out different types of cocktails!

  4. I really want to try this recipe. I'm not at all familiar with rose syrup. Can you advise me as to where I might be able to find it? Thank you! The drink looks delicious!

  5. So lovely!! I can't wait to try. Can you tell me where you got these glasses?

  6. What an absolutely gorgeous cocktail! It almost looks too pretty to drink!

    I love idea of the progressive blog party. What a unique concept.

  7. this looks delicious lovely colour

  8. If it tastes as good as it's named, Petal Pusher Cocktail—so cute, I'm in.

  9. I'm in love with this cocktail.
    Gorgeous photos too!
    I have all the ingredients in your recipe (and they are some of my favorite things to use) so what am I waiting for???

  10. Wonderful recipe, photos and glasses. Will try as soon as I can assemble the ingredients.

  11. That's the prettiest cocktail I've ever seen.

  12. These are very pretty cocktails indeed. I love the foam from egg whites in a cocktail. I will give this one a try!

  13. Check it out!

    Great recipe!

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