The Expanse Cocktails Project

Expanse Cocktail #AF-8
Ceres Sparrow

The strangeness of the human-made environment on Ceres is easy to forget— until you see liquids affected by Coriolis forces or a bird’s easy bounding flight in low gravity. Seemingly thriving in its unique ecological niche, the pert Sparrow always urges Miller on when he’s at his lowest.

To make this drink, we started with the idea of distinctly Earther flavors brought into a low-gravity environment. The sake and apple combine for a satisfyingly earthy taste and mouthfeel, and are lightened and brightened with lemon oil, elderflower, and bubbles. When you add the sparkling water, look closely to see the different densities create swirls like the air currents in Ceres. This drink is gentle but lively, like the sparrow it’s named for, and is very low in alcohol.


  • 3 ounces dry sake, chilled
  • 1 ounce apple brandy
  • ¼ ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1¼ ounces sparkling water


Pour sake, apple brandy, and elderflower liqueur into a mixing glass with ice and stir briefly to chill. Strain into a champagne flute and top with sparkling water. Twist a lemon peel over the drink to express oils, then discard the peel. Garnish with a pear fan.