Cocktails/ Holidays

Lemon Sage Cocktail

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
  • Lemonade
  • Aquafaba
  • Vodka
  • Ice
  • 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 Cocktail

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Lemon Sage Cocktail

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cocktails 1x
  • Category: cocktails


Units Scale

  • 3 oz of Lemon Juice
  • 12 Sage leaves (a few extra for garnish)
  • 5 oz of Lemonade
  • 3 oz of Aquafaba
  • 34oz Vodka (depending on if you like 1 or 2 shots per drink)
  • Ice
  • Pinch of sugar


  1. In a cocktail shaker shake the aquafaba, sugar, lemonade, lemon juice and vodka  with the sage leaves for about 40 seconds to 1 minute 
  2. Strain into a glass and top with a spoonful of foam  and garnish with a sage leaf
  3. enjoy!


* if you need more liquid, use more lemonade in your shaker because your glass size might vary from mine

Keywords: lemon cocktail recipe, cocktail recipe, holiday cocktail

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