It's time to start your list for the party. You're going to need vodka, beer, orange juice, cranberry juice and...egg yolk? Absolutely. This ingredient may sound a little strange but the protein aspect as well as its creamy richness can give a very desirable taste to many alcoholic concoctions if you know how to use it. You'll surprise all of your friends when you whip up one of these drinks. Don't tell them the ingredients until after they've tried it.
A raw egg yolk is completely safe to consume as long as the egg has been pasteurized. There are many different foods you've probably eaten that have raw eggs in it, too, and you've never even realized it. These can include:
You've eaten those and survived, so there's no harm in adding it to your cocktails for some flair, either.
One of the most common drinks you can make that is especially great around the holidays is egg nog. You're going to need brandy, rum, cream, milk, sugar and egg yolks. There are many recipes and even more variations that you can find. It incorporates all of the ingredients so that you are left with a creamy milkshake texture. Cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate and many other ingredients can be added to change up the flavor, too.
There is also a few other cocktails that are easy to make. You can whip up a Creamy Driver, which is a derivative of the Screwdriver. Take a shaker and fill it with an egg yolk, a half teaspoon of sugar, one shot of vodka and about 6 ounces of orange juice. Add ice and shake about twenty times. This will get all of the ingredients cold and break up the yolk to distribute with everything else. Strain it into a highball glass and serve – it should be a bright yellowish orange color. You can also make a Golden Fizz. Add a shot of gin, 3 ounces of sour mix and an egg yolk to a shaker with ice. Shake and then strain into a highball glass with "clean" ice. Top with club soda and serve.
Egg yolks may not be the easiest ingredient to work with. Especially since they come from eggs. If you are planning on making a few drinks with the yolks and don't want to worry about washing your hands every time you break an egg, you might want to consider a visit to the grocery store to get a carton of egg yolks. This is a product just like whites but it is just the yolks. Two or three tablespoons equal one yolk and make the clean up process a whole lot easier. You also don't have to worry about getting shells in anyone's drink. If you have the carton behind the bar, people may not even know that you're using eggs in their drink.