One of my favorite winter flavors is sage mixed with some variety of citrus. There is such a harmony of flavor with the warm sage and then the zesty and bright citrus. The contrast of flavors creates a balance that compliments each other so nicely in a winter cocktail recipe.
Lemon Sage Cocktail
Vegan cocktails with a foamy head…yes you read that right. I use aquafaba, which is essentially the bean juice in a can of chickpeas. You might be thinking, “bean juice, no.” But, just trust me on this one. When you add a touch of sugar, citrus, sage, vodka and lemonade, these flavors drown out the earthy and light flavor of the aquafaba, leaving a light and refreshing foam head on the cocktail.
Ingredients for Lemon Sage Cocktail
Like I stated above, this recipe does contain bean juice! But also a bunch of other great flavors.
- Lemon Juice
- Sage leaves
- Pinch of sugar
What kind of aquafaba do I use?
Aquafaba is essentially the viscous liquid in a can of beans that is water and then the starch that comes out of the chickpeas as the beans sit in water in a can or when you cook them on the stove. The easiest way to get the aquafaba is by using a can of chickpeas and straining the liquid into a jar to save for later. The aquafaba stores in the fridge for up to 5 days. When you strain the aquafaba make sure you don’t have any skins of the chickpeas in the liquid because that will cause you to have a very unpleasant texture in your mouth! I have tested a variety of bean liquids and find that they all work similarly in texture and ability, but other beans can have a hard smell or a funky color.
Muddle v. Shake Herbs
I don’t call for you to muddle your sage in this recipe. Rather than use a few small leaves in the shaker to release the herb’s essence. I find that with sage if you press to hard in the muddling process, you can cause the sage to have a sour taste but when you shake for only like half a minute it releases a good amount of the herb essence.
Let’s make a Lemon Sage CocktailPrint
- 3 oz of Lemon Juice
- 1–2 Sage leaves (a few extra for garnish)
- 5 oz of Lemonade
- 3 oz of Aquafaba
- 3–4oz Vodka (depending on if you like 1 or 2 shots per drink)
- Pinch of sugar
- In a cocktail shaker shake the aquafaba, sugar, lemonade, lemon juice and vodka with the sage leaves for about 40 seconds to 1 minute
- Strain into a glass and top with a spoonful of foam and garnish with a sage leaf
* if you need more liquid, use more lemonade in your shaker because your glass size might vary from mine
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