Zabaglione
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Zabaglione
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.85 / 5
Sweet, rich, creamy and delicious. Created by Simon Difford in 2003 and inspired the Italian dessert of the same name. Sweet, rich, creamy and delicious. Created by Simon Difford in 2003 and inspired the Italian dessert of the same name.
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Microbadges

Base ingredient
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Cognac
Alcohol content
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16.32% | 1.39 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
45ml 1½oz 4.5cl
1 egg white 1 egg white 1 egg white
1 egg white 1 egg white 1 egg white

Method
How to make a Zabaglione

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
First mix the egg yolk and egg white to a smooth creamy mixture, before placing into a cocktail shaker
Add the other ingredients and shake with ice
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is Advocaat, and why is it used in the Zabaglione cocktail?

Advocaat is a rich and creamy liqueur made from eggs, sugar, and brandy, with a smooth, custard-like flavor. It is used in the Zabaglione cocktail to add a velvety texture and a deep, nuanced sweetness that complements the tartness of the lemon juice and the robustness of the cognac, creating a balanced and flavorful drink.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Zabaglione cocktail shaken and not stirred?

The Zabaglione cocktail is shaken, not stirred, to fully integrate the egg whites into the drink, creating a frothy and smooth texture. Shaking is an effective way to aerate the mixture, resulting in a light and creamy consistency that enhances the overall sipping experience.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Zabaglione cocktail?

The best way to serve a Zabaglione cocktail is chilled in a cocktail glass. Chilling the glass beforehand adds an extra touch of elegance and helps to keep the cocktail at an optimal temperature. The presentation can be enhanced with a light dusting of nutmeg or cinnamon on top for an aromatic garnish.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Zabaglione compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 16.32%, the Zabaglione cocktail falls into the moderate range of alcohol content for cocktails. It is stronger than light aperitifs such as an Aperol Spritz (around 11%) but milder than more potent classics like a Martini or Manhattan, which can exceed 30% alcohol by volume. This makes it a suitable choice for those looking for a balanced, not overly potent, cocktail experience.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairings would complement the Zabaglione cocktail?

The Zabaglione cocktail, with its creamy texture and balance of sweet and tart flavors, pairs wonderfully with light desserts or pastries. Its richness can beautifully complement the simplicity of shortbread cookies or fruit tarts. For a savory option, consider mild cheeses or charcuterie that accentuate the cocktail’s depth without overpowering its delicate flavors.

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