Did you know that 7th March is Plant Power Day? This annual celebration of all things plants raises awareness of the benefits of plant-based vegetarian and vegan diets. Plant Power Day aims to help everyday people add healthy, plant-based foods to their diets. One easy way to get started is to swap and substitute. Choose one of your favourite recipes, identify the animal products, and simply swap these out for plant-based alternatives. Let’s start with a Vegan Gin Sour!
If you’re wondering why a gin sour isn’t usually vegan, you’re not alone. Many people don’t know that countless common cocktails traditionally contain egg white. While the egg white doesn’t affect the taste, it does give your drink a foamy layer for a bit of added texture, and it looks pretty cool too.
Fortunately, you can still get the same effect without using eggs. The magic ingredient? Aquafaba – the leftover liquid from cooked chickpeas. As well as making a great binder, this wonder ingredient also whips up to create a fantastic foam. It can be used in tonnes of recipes, including meringues, muffins and cocktails. And the best part is, it’s practically free. Next time you make a chickpea recipe, keep the liquid that would usually go down the drain and you have a ready-made cocktail foamer.
So whether you’re vegan, making drinks for someone who is, or the thought of adding raw egg white to a cocktail just makes you feel queasy, a vegan gin sour could be just the thing for you. Let’s find out how to make it with this super simple recipe!
- 60ml gin
- 30ml grapefruit juice
- 30ml lemon juice
- 30ml aquafaba (make sure there is no added salt or your cocktail will taste salty!)
- 30ml simple syrup (you can make simple syrup easily at home my mixing and heating equal parts water and sugar)
How to Make a Vegan Gin Sour
- Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes.
- Shake vigorously until the mixture is nice and frothy.
- Strain into a glass.
This vegan gin sour would look particularly elegant in an old-fashioned coupe glass, but almost any glass would do. To make your drink extra refreshing, add ice and a slice of grapefruit.
To really amp up the plant power, check out our article on sustainable gins.
And remember, when it comes to plant power, every little helps!