This snazzy and colorful Cranberry Gin Fizz with Aquafaba is a twist on a classic cocktail. Made with a vegan alternative to eggs, this tart drink has the signature foam on top and a gorgeous red color.
Time to get festive!
This Cranberry Gin Fizz with Aquafaba has all of the refreshing flavors while still embracing the essence of winter. Almost identical to a traditional gin fizz, this recipe has a few unique tweaks that almost everyone will enjoy.
Creamy and delicious fizz cocktails made with egg whites are famously known for being rich and replicating the smooth taste of a chiffon pie. You still get that flavor and feeling in this recipe, but instead, you have the pleasure of using all vegan ingredients.
Forget the egg whites and make this vegan gin fizz with aquafaba instead. Shaken with cranberry, gin, and bitters, this gorgeous red drink has a tart and sweet flavor while still presenting a signature foam on top. It’s the perfect accessory to your best holiday outfit.
What is a gin fizz?
A classic tart and refreshing gin fizz cocktail is made with almost all of the same ingredients as a Tom Collins. The biggest difference, however, is in the foamy head! A gin fizz gets its classic look thanks to the frothy addition of a single egg white.
When you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to make simple syrup, go ahead and make a silver gin fizz instead. The recipe is almost identical, except it's made with granulated or cane sugar.
What is aquafaba and why use it instead of egg whites?
If you’ve never heard of aquafaba, prepare to have your mind blown. This is the leftover liquid in a can of chickpeas or what’s left after cooking dried chickpeas. When you whip it with a hand or standing mixer, it turns into almost an exact replica of whipped egg whites (or meringue)!
I recently starting using aquafaba in my cocktail recipes because it’s much less wasteful if you don’t have a use for the leftover egg yolk. It’s also much safer than working with raw eggs.
You can use aquafaba in lots of recipes, like homemade macarons or in my Ruby Fizz Cocktail.
What do you need to make this cocktail?
This holiday gin cocktail has simple ingredients that are easy to find. Here’s what you need to make a cranberry gin fizz with aquafaba:
Gin drinks for winter always have an elegant and refined vibe. With its notes of pine, flowers, warm spices, and roots, gin can add a lot of depth to cold-weather cocktails.
There isn’t a specific brand or flavor of gin you need to use for this cranberry cocktail. A lighter variety will go nicely with the lemon juice, but since every brand is unique, feel free to experiment until you come up with the best concoction.
This is the liquid you’ll find in a can of chickpeas. The drink will foam up after a dry shake in a cocktail shaker, foam up, and leave the signature head on top of the cocktail (just like a classic fizz).
Aquafaba on its own doesn’t exactly have the best flavor (thanks to the beans). The flavor thankfully goes away after it’s mixed with cranberry juice, gin, and simple syrup.
Who doesn’t love cranberry around the holidays? Whether they’re served on the side of the Thanksgiving turkey, baked into cookies, or included on a delish appetizer, you can’t go wrong with cranberry!
If you want the best flavor, splurge on the organic cranberry juice. This won’t have any added sugar or preservatives and gives the cocktail a gorgeous ruby red color. The alternative (also known as cranberry juice cocktail) will have the extra sugar and make the cocktail taste a little sweeter but is still perfectly fine to use in this recipe. If you end up using the juice cocktail, you may want to omit the simple syrup!
A cocktail shaker and glassware
You’ll need a cocktail shaker to properly infuse all of the flavors together and help the aquafaba foam up. My shaker of choice is the Boston shaker, but any kind will work.
To finish, serve the finished cranberry gin fizz in a highball or collins glass (or these fun fizz glasses which are the ones used in the recipe pics!) to show off that gorgeous foam.
How to make a cranberry gin fizz with aquafaba
Let’s get boozy and make this fizzy cocktail in just a few simple steps:
Step 1: Strain the chickpea liquid (aquafaba) from the can of chickpeas.
Step 2: Combine all of the ingredients, except for the sparkling water into a cocktail shaker.
Step 3: Dry shake for 30 seconds.
Afterward, fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until the cocktail is cold.
Step 4: Pour the cocktail into a glass.
Step 5: To finish, top the glass with sparkling water and enjoy!
What is a dry shake and why is it needed?
Shaking cocktails using the dry shake method is common in recipes that contain egg whites. This method emulsifies the eggs (or aquafaba) and lemon together. As a result, the drink becomes extra smooth and frothy.
To dry shake a cocktail, you need to:
- Add all of the ingredients to a shaker glass.
- Shake it for about 10 to 30 seconds or until it looks smooth and frothy.
- Add ice into the glass and shake it again for about 30 seconds.
- Pour and serve!
You can make the merriest cranberry gin cocktail by experimenting with these helpful tips:
Make it ahead of time
Although I wouldn’t recommend making this cocktail ahead of time, you can prepare simple syrup months in advance. Just let it cool completely after it's done and keep it in a jar in your fridge.
Not sweet enough?
Feel free to use up to 1 ounce of simple syrup if you prefer cocktails on the sweeter side.
Make it a mocktail
Make this gin fizz non-alcoholic by removing the gin and bitters entirely. It’ll still taste deliciously tart and sweet.
Serve it cold
Keep your club soda or sparkling water in the fridge until you're ready to serve this drink. You can also chill your glassware. This will keep it ice cold and help you avoid serving room temperature cocktails!
It's time to drink!
It's your turn to make a batch of these tasty drinks! When you do, make sure to leave a comment below letting me know what you think!
Cranberry Gin Fizz with Aquafaba
- 4 ounces cranberry juice
- 3 ounces gin
- 2 ounces lemon juice
- 1 ½ ounces simple syrup
- 1 ounce aquafaba
- 8 dashes bitters
- 2 ounces sparkling water
- Combine all ingredients except the sparkling water into a cocktail shaker.
- Dry shake for 30 seconds
- Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously until the cocktail is cold, about 30 seconds.
- Strain into two collins glasses.
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