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Pomegranate Rosemary Cocktail

I have been enjoying making cocktails lately, and it’s a huge plus when they turn out this pretty! I have been finding so many cool ways to create a delicate foam in my cocktail research, including egg whites. However, since I am not a big fan of using egg whites in cocktails, I have been using aquafaba. Aquafaba has similar properties to egg whites, but it’s a vegan alternative.

What is Aquafaba?

Aquafaba is the liquid that chickpeas hang out in when you open a can of chickpeas. Wild right? Who would think to use that liquid? There are many ways to use aquafaba, from whipping it into a meringue, shaking it in a cocktail, or beating it for a light cake, even for french macarons. Although it smells rather bean-like at first, a little bit of sugar and flavor transforms the liquid into anything you want. Aquafaba is a genuinely transformative ingredient in vegan recipes.

Flavors of a Holiday Cocktail

When I start to break down a holiday cock tail, I like to start with the core flavors of the season. Focusing on seasonal ingredients, warm flavors, and a touch of organic herb flavor. Because the holidays come with lots of sweet and rich foods, I prefer a cocktail that is not overly sweet and light on the palate. I lean towards flavors like cranberry, pomegranate, orange, ginger, lemon, and herbs like sage and rosemary. These flavors all blend nicely and can be interchanged as well. For instance, if you would like a lemon twist in this cocktail, it would pair nicely with these blended flavors.

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Pomegranate Rosemary Cocktail

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cocktails 1x
  • Category: cocktails
  • Method: bartending

Description

The cocktail of the holiday season! This pomegranate rosemary cocktail brings brightness and cheers this holiday with its balance of fruity flavor and warmth from the rosemary. ‘Tis the season with this beautiful and delicious cocktail.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 ounces of aquafaba (from a can of chickpeas)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 shots of vodka (can do more – aimed for 1 per person)
  • 4 ounces of pomegranate juice
  • juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • handful of ice
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary

Instructions

  1. Open and drain your can of chickpea liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a glass
  2. Pour two ounces of the aquafaba that was just strained into a cocktail shaker with your ice, sugar, pomegranate juice, lemon juice. vodka and about 5 leaves from the rosemary
  3. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds to 1 minute
  4. Strain into your glasses through a cocktail strainer and garnish with rosemary
  5. Drink and enjoy responsibly

Notes

– Aquafaba: Aquafaba is the bean liquid from a can of chickpeas

Keywords: pomegranate rosemary cocktail

How to use Aquafaba correctly in a cocktail

Aquafaba can be an intimidating ingredient, but I like to think about it as an egg for the people who don’t like egg white in their drinks. Egg whites are strange when you haven’t used them, so there is no difference! However, something somewhat off-putting to me about using egg whites in drinks where aquafaba doesn’t even make me flinch. Aquafaba needs to be worked similarly to an egg white. When you shake this cocktail, really give it all your force. The force in your shake not only gets the cocktail fully blended, but the sugar provides a lift to the aquafaba, and the ice forces air into the liquid. The back and forth agitation allows for a frothy top to the cocktail while the juice and alcohol settle below. The look of aquafaba provides for a beautiful head to the cocktail and gives a pleasant lightness to each sip.

Cheers to the Holiday Season!

Cheers to you this holiday season! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and cheers to health, family, and whatever you love! If you are looking for any last minute holiday gifts this season, check out my holiday gift guide.

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