Eggs aren’t just a crucial part of the perfect breakfast — the golden, protein powerhouse also plays a certain role in setting off the flavor of different cocktails. That’s right — you can now justify spending $9 on a cocktail by arguing it contains nutrients needed in your everyday diet. While egg-related drinks aren’t too common around central Iowa, there are some interesting options for lovers of both bitter and sweet drinks.

Check out these egg cocktails for the next time you’re looking to combine breakfast and happy hour.

Gotham Sour ($10)

RoCA — or Restaurant on Court Avenue — offers a sour bourbon cocktail worthy of giving Batman himself a buzz. It mixes bourbon with egg white, wine, simple syrup and lemon juice for a frothy sour. It’s not like a whiskey sour you’d find at other bars up and down Court Avenue. The wine and lemon combine to offset any bourbon tinge, while still balancing with the smooth taste of liquor. The egg white — as with every drink on this list — adds smoothness to the overall texture of the drink. Not into bourbon? RoCA also offers a gin-based and vodka-based cocktail with egg white as an ingredient.

RoCA

Find it: 208 Court Ave.

Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11-12 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Info: rocadsm.com

Bent Tesla ($9)

Ingersoll Avenue’s Eatery A shakes up a cocktail bursting with natural flavor in the Bent Tesla. Created by mixing celery bitters, gin, egg white, cilantro, lemon juice and simple syrup, it tastes like you’re drinking a robust garden salad. The celery bitters mixed with cilantro turns gin into a smooth, refreshing drink, while the egg adds a distinct creaminess. Note: the drink isn’t on the Eatery A menu, but can be made upon request.

Eatery A

Find it: 2932 Ingersoll Ave.

Hours: 3-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10-12 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Info: eateryadsm.com

Pisco Sour ($9)

When you think Rock Bottom Brewery in West Des Moines, you think beer, right? But tucked away on the brewery’s cocktail menu is the pisco sour, a Peruvian drink made with pisco (a Peru-made brandy comparable to tequila), lime juice and egg white. The simple concoction is one that can easily be re-created at home. The pisco comes off more bitter than the gin or bourbon drinks, but the egg certainly plays into making the drink smoother and creamier. Pair it with an appetizer, like the jalapeno pretzel sticks ($7.95) — the cool, crisp drinks goes great against the jalapeno-filled bread.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Find it: 4508 University Ave., West Des Moines

Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday-Saturday

Info: rockbottom.com

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