If you're looking to level up your at-home brunch game beyond the simple pancakes-and-mimosas routine, we've got a few fresh ideas. Seeing as eggs are already a staple of many a breakfast spread, egg-white cocktails are an easy upgrade to execute with already-on-hand ingredients. From flips to fizzes, the rich, velvety texture of lovely egg-white based libations are a decadent treat befitting any morning indulgence. We've assembled a list of our favorite recipes to shake things up in the morning cocktail department.
The best part? We can personally assure you these inventive and delicious concoctions taste every bit as good as they look. Egg-white cocktails tend to require a bit more finesse and prep time than your average brunch drink set. We promise the extra effort is well worth it. The next time you have the gang over for bellinis, send in a surprise cameo from any one of these seven summer showstoppers. Why not wake up to happy hour?
Lemon Chamomile Spring Cocktail
Courtesy of Honestly Yum
This picture perfect concoction is composed of egg white, yogurt, and lemon curd. The texture is pure velvet, and the vibe is infinitely Instagram-worthy. Queue up a batch for your next girls' alfresco soirée.
Lemon Lavender Gin Fizz
Courtesy of The Charming Detroiter
The floral and crisp combination of lavender and lemon makes this gin cocktail a vibrant midmorning companion. Tart yet aromatic, the fresh lemon juice twist is the perfect wake-up call.
Fernet Champagne Flip
Courtesy of 10th Kitchen
We're loving this champagne cocktail as a lively alternative to the basic mimosa morning routine. Fernet is among our favorite digestifs. The taste tends to be bright and pronounced, so adding a pop of ginger brings a flourish of unexpected spice.
Grapefruit & Vodka Shaken With Egg-Whites & Muddled Mint
Courtesy of Cooks with Cocktails
Red Wine Gin Sour
Courtesy of Hummingbird High
This inventive recipe from Tasting Rome is the house cocktail at Hotel Adriano's cocktail bar. Composed of gin, elderflower liqueur, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and simple syrup, it's the ideal conversation-starter offering for even the most well-traveled of guests.
Summer Strawberry Flip Cocktail
Courtesy of Craft & Cocktails
This classic flip calls for a simple recipe of Wild Turkey American Honey Whiskey, lemon juice, strawberry simple syrup, egg white, and a dash of bitters. Garnish with fresh berries to make it extra pretty in pink.
Rosemary White Lady
Courtesy of Lexi Bites
Essentially a sour, the Rosemary White Lady cocktail calls for gin in lieu of brandy and Cointreau instead of simple syrup. Invented by Harry McElhone in 1919, it's a powerful classic with notes of fragrant herbs and just the right amount of sweet.
Next up: These spring cocktails will make you forget about winter weather.
This story was originally published on August 21, 2016, and has since been updated.