On Friday, October 14, countries around the world will be celebrating the egg as one of the most versatile foods on the market as part of World Egg Day
World Egg Day is celebrated around the globe on the second Friday of October each year. A delicious way to honor World Egg Day is with VOV, the traditional Italian Zabajone Cream Liqueur, made from egg yolks, sugar, the highest quality, aged Sicilian Marsala wine, alcohol and pure vanilla from Madagascar.
VOV was created in 1845 by Gian Battista Pezziol, a confectioner and nougat specialist from Padua. Looking for a way to use the leftover egg yolks from his nougat-making process, Pezziol mixed them with Marsala wine, alcohol and sugar to make an energy drink, a popular trend at the time. He named the beverage VOV, short for “vovi,” the Venetian word for eggs.
An immediate success, the drink won a silver medal in 1856. That same year, the Archduke of the Court of Vienna issued a patent with the royal double-headed eagle. The spirit remained prevalent into the 20th century and was consumed by the troops during World War II for its energizing properties.
VOV is still produced following the original recipe, using only the finest ingredients including fresh eggs farmed in Italy; aged Marsala wine; pure sugar beet, the best for solubility and purity; pure grain alcohol, distilled multiple times in Italy; and the finest vanilla from Madagascar. VOV is produced without the addition of any milk, coloring, preservatives or additives. All ingredients are natural and never GMO (Genetically Modified Organism).
VOV’s unique flavor should be enjoyed warm, chilled or on the rocks. VOV is also the perfect substitute for modern and classic cocktails that call for a fresh egg or key ingredient in creamy cocktails.
Some suggestions include:
Created by Tim Cooper
1.5 oz. VOV
1.5 oz. Pineapple juice
.75 oz. Unsweetened almond milk
2 dashes Angostura bitters (optional)
Freshly grated cinnamon
Place all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain over new ice into a wine glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice & freshly grated cinnamon. This cocktail can also be blended for a frozen version of the Volada.
Created by Lucinda Sterling
1 oz VOV
2 oz gin
1 oz heavy cream
¾ oz fresh lemon/lime juice
Few drops of orange blossom water
.5 oz-1oz Club Soda
Shake all ingredients except club soda with ice. Strain into a fizz glass, without ice. Add club soda.
2 oz. Orange juice
3 oz. Sparkling orange soda or ginger ale
Add ingredients to a highball glass filled with ice and roll (empty contents back and forth between a shaker tin and the highball glass until well mixed). Garnish with an orange slice.
VOV is also the originator of the famous “Bombardino” cocktail – a popular in Italy during the Winter, especially in the ski resorts. Warm up the VOV, add a tot of Rum, and fresh whipped cream to taste.
For more information or recipes go to www.vovzabajone.com
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