Cabbage Creeper Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Cabbage Creeper is a unique cocktail that was first created in the bustling bars of New York City. It was designed for those who love a good surprise and aren't afraid to try something new. The cocktail gets its name from its unusual ingredient - cabbage, which gives it a unique twist and a refreshing taste.

  • Who would like it?

    • Adventurous drinkers who love to try unique cocktails.
    • Those who enjoy vegetable-infused drinks.
    • People who appreciate a refreshing and light cocktail.

How Cabbage Creeper Tastes?

The Cabbage Creeper has a unique, refreshing taste. It's slightly sweet, with a hint of sourness from the lime. The cabbage gives it a crisp, vegetal note, while the gin adds a juniper-forward flavor. It's a light, balanced cocktail with a surprising depth of flavor.

Interesting facts about Cabbage Creeper

  • The Cabbage Creeper was first created in New York City.
  • It's a unique cocktail that features cabbage as an ingredient.
  • Despite its unusual ingredient, it's a surprisingly refreshing and balanced cocktail.


A few good options for Cabbage Creeper are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Cabbage Juice

A surprising twist in a cocktail, cabbage juice brings a vegetal and earthy element that's quite unexpected. 2oz is just enough to give character without turning your sip into a salad. Ditch it, and you'll lose the 'Creeper' in your cocktail, leaving it a bit aimless, honestly.

Alex Green


With 1.5oz of gin, we're giving the cocktail a solid backbone of herbal notes that will shine through the veggie vibe. Too much gin could overshadow the delicate cabbage, too little and you might as well call it a 'Cabbage Soft Drink'. Alternative: Vodka, for a milder taste.

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Fresh Lime Juice

The 0.5oz fresh lime juice is our zesty friend that cuts through with a touch of much-needed acidity, brightening the mix. Skip the lime, and the cocktail might taste like gin doing the limbo under a veggie arch. Without it, the drink would lack balance and taste flat.

Mary Mitkina

Simple Syrup

Sweetness from 0.5oz simple syrup softens the edges and makes the drink palatable. Without this, the drink might taste like a bitter tiff between gin and cabbage. Other sweeteners like honey or agave could work, but would bring their own distinct flavors.

Alex Green

Ice Cubes

They don't just chill; they mellow. Without enough ice, your cocktail would feel warmer than a hug from a cabbage-loving granny. The dilution is key to the perfect balance.

Emma Rose


A cabbage leaf and lime wheel not only look fetching but also hint at the flavors within. Don't skip these, or your drink will be as naked as a plucked chicken.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Cabbage Creeper Drink

  1. Prepare the Ingredients

    • Juice the cabbage to get 2oz of cabbage juice.
    • Cut a lime in half and juice it to get 0.5oz of fresh lime juice.
  2. Mix the Cocktail

    • In a shaker, combine the cabbage juice, gin, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup.
    • Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  3. Serve

    • Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass.
    • Garnish with a cabbage leaf and a lime wheel.

Pro Tips

Use fresh ingredients for the best flavor.

  • Chill your glass before serving for a colder, more refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Boards: A cheese board with softer cheeses like goat cheese or brie complements the vegetal notes of the cabbage without overpowering it.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes like grilled shrimp or sushi bring out the crispness of the gin and the acidity of the lime juice.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: The fresh taste of lime and the herbal notes of gin can accent the flavor of grilled chicken perfectly.
  • Vegetarian Stir-Fry: The earthiness of the cabbage juice pairs well with a medley of stir-fried vegetables.


  • Fruit Tarts: The sharp acidity of the cocktail cuts through the sweetness and richness of fruit tarts.
  • Lemon Sorbet: A palate cleanser much like the cocktail itself, which will complement the citrus notes.

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What you could change in Cabbage Creeper

If you can't find fresh cabbage, you can use bottled cabbage juice.

  • You can substitute the gin with vodka for a different flavor profile.

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And of course - twists🍹

The Spicy Creeper

Switch simple syrup for a spiced honey syrup (infuse honey with chilli peppers and a pinch of cinnamon). Add a dash of hot sauce. This sweeter, spicier version plays with fire, giving a warm kick that will dance nicely with the cool gin and lively cabbage.

The Purple Haze

Use purple cabbage for the juice, adding a splash of elderflower liqueur. This will not only change the cocktail into a vibrant purple hue but also give a floral twist that could make even a gloomy goblin smile.

The Orchard Stroll

Substitute gin with apple brandy and add a dash of celery bitters. It tastes like autumn cuddled up with your drink, turning it into a harvest festival where cabbage is surprisingly the guest of honor.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cabbage Creeper

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Cabbage Creeper

What's the best type of cabbage to use for this cocktail?

Green cabbage is usually the best variety to use. It's the most common type and it has a mild flavor that balances well with the other ingredients in this cocktail. However, you can experiment with different varieties to find your personal preference.

Can I juice the cabbage without a juicer?

Yes, you can. Use a blender to blend the cabbage with a bit of water, then strain the mixture to extract the juice. It may not be as efficient as using a juicer, but it works just fine.

Why is the cabbage juice shaken with the other ingredients, not stirred?

Shaking the ingredients together helps to blend the flavors more effectively, because it introduces more air into the mixture. This can create a slightly frothy texture which contribute to the overall experience of drinking the cocktail.

Can I pre-make this cocktail for a party?

Yes, you can pre-make this, but it's best served immediately after shaking due to the freshness of the cabbage juice. If you do need to prepare it in advance though, just stir it well right before serving.

Does the cocktail have a very strong cabbage flavor?

Not at all. The cabbage juice adds a unique twist to the cocktail, but the gin and lime juice balance the flavors. So while you do taste the cabbage, it mingles well with the rest of the flavors and doesn't dominate the cocktail.

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