Via Bret Thorn of Nation’s Restaurant News, we have the latest sand in the gears of an enjoyable life, courtesy of our various fine governments.
The Man dropped in on the Pegu Club in New York City for a routine health inspection, and noticed the fact that they use raw eggs in certain cocktails. Apparently, raw eggs are illegal in New York, even if you warn your customers about their use.
Guys, you have to use raw egg whites in certain cocktails… both old and new. Very few eggs in America actually have salmonella contamination. (Odds are, you’ll encounter one about once every 84 years.) Fewer of those eggs will actually result in a dose enough to get anyone sick, especially when said egg whites are mixed into a glass of disinfectant!
Now, I do understand that a tiny risk still exists, but I guarantee you are in a lot more mortal danger from the taxis and random New Yorkers you must pass simply to get to Pegu Club than you are from any number of Earl Grey MarTEAnis consumed once there. (Of course, if you are pregnant, the risks from raw eggs are much higher. But, um, if you are pregnant, there are a lot more dangerous ingredients in a Pisco Sour than that dollop of egg white!)
And why are raw eggs, even with a warning, a violation, while raw seafood is not?
Now, I am hoping that this is less of a pain in the butt than it first appears. Audrey Saunders’ FaceBook Page states,
…we have to switch to pasteurized eggs in our cocktails. If that is all they have to do, that is in fact no great shakes. I use pasteurized eggs whenever I use egg whites in drinks. They only cost a few cents more, eliminate a microscopic risk, and are otherwise indistinguishable from regular eggs. But the other part of the story claims that raw eggs are not allowed. Does this mean raw, pasteurized eggs too? I’m pretty sure cooked egg whites in a Ramos Gin Fizz would produce rather sub-par results….
Anyone have some clarification on this? Are there any municipalities that do not allow raw eggs of any kind to be served? Is Nanny Bloomberg’s demesne one such?