Mixologists are now using a surprising ingredient: aquafaba, also known as chickpea brine. Whipped aquafaba loses the distinctive smell and taste of chickpeas but takes on a texture similar to whipped egg whites, allowing vegans or those with egg allergies to enjoy once verboten drinks. In restaurants settings that use chickpeas on its menu, making drinks with the chickpea byproduct also helps reduce waste. And that’s no yolk. Here’s where you can try this trendy tipple.
Oaxacan on Sunshine at Vesta in Denver, Colorado
Citrus meets savory with Banhez Mezcal, salted cherry sake, Canton ginger liqueur, Mirto Myrtle liqueur, lemon, and aquafaba. It’s garnished with lavender and citrus. Make a reservation at Vesta.
Coppi Club at Coppi in Belfast, Ireland
This house cocktail features Malfy Citrus Gin, martini dry, fresh strawberry reduction, aquafaba, and mint bitters to complement Coppi’s Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Make a reservation at Coppi.
The Locale at Rooftop Bar & Grill at Boundary London
The Locale is one of several cocktails that include aquafaba. It also uses Monkey 47 gin, Midori, apple juice, lime, and cucumber for a refreshing finish. Make a reservation at Rooftop Bar & Grill at Boundary London.
Berry White at Planta Queen in Toronto, Canada
Smooth like the legendary crooner himself, Berry White mixes raspberry soju, grapefruit, raspberry and ginger syrup, and aquafaba. Make a reservation at Planta Queen.
Haldi Chia at Rahi in New York City
In keeping with Rahi’s focus on artisanal Indian fare, this aromatic chilled cocktail features turmeric-infused earl gray gin, ginger syrup, lemon, aquafaba, and cardamom bitters. Make a reservation at Rahi.
Dreams in Green at Roka Akor in Houston, Texas
Effen Vodka, sake, lemon juice, Thai basil lemongrass-infused safflower oil, and aquafaba pair perfectly with Roka Akor’s Robata Japanese cuisine. Make a reservation at Roka Akor.
Velveteen Rabbit at Vanderpump Cocktail Garden in Las Vegas
A smooth childhood classic gets a decidedly grownup twist with Bombay Sapphire, hibiscus, raspberries, Velvet Falernum, lemon, and aquafaba. Make a reservation at Vanderpump Cocktail Garden.
Thyme After Thyme at Mohawk Bend in Echo Park, California
Mohawk Bend’s signature drink, Thyme After Thyme, is made with Hangar One Kaffir Lime, muddled mint, thyme, Angelino Amaro, lime juice, and aquafaba. Make a reservation at Mohawk Bend.
Alcino at Jaleo – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Featuring an intoxicating mix of Gin Mare gin, Benedictine, lime, basil, aquafaba and celery bitters, the Alcino is a guest favorite at Jaleo. Make a reservation at Jaleo – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Stay Off the Grass at I|O Godrey in Chicago
Chicago’s swanky year-round rooftop lounge makes this CBD-infused vegan cocktail and smokes it tableside with ingredients such as chartreuse, gin, green juice, lemongrass, lime, and aquafaba. Make a reservation at I|O Godrey.
Hive Mind at Urbana Dining & Drinks in Washington, DC
This reimaged Bee’s Knees uses Basil Hayden Bourbon, Don Ciccio & Figli Limoncello, wildflower honey, and aquafaba. A dash of cayenne pepper on top adds a spicy finish. Make a reservation at Urbana Dining & Drinks.
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Susan Johnston Taylor is an Austin-based freelance writer who’s covered food and business for publications including The Boston Globe, Civil Eats, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Fresh Cup, and Pizza Today. Follow her @UrbanMuseWriter.
photo credit: Gerardo Santos, Kari Cummings