I do not remember how I came upon this drink recipe, but I’ve had it written down for a few years, and it is one of my absolute favorites! Gin is always a staple on my bar cart. I love the variety of flavors you can get from the botanicals used. Personally, I avoid overly floral gins. One of my favorites, especially for this cocktail is Bellewood Gin, which is distilled from apples, and I think goes perfectly with the sage in this drink. I love experimenting with other local options for my bar cart. So for this cocktail I went with 3 Howls Old Fashioned Gin, which I think did a great job of mixing with the citrus and herb flavors of this drink. Remember, I’m a hobby mixologist, I just do this for fun guys.
The sage flavor makes this cocktail a winter/holiday season favorite for me personally. In the summer time, I’ll substituted the sage for mint, and it creates the same wonderful drink, with a more appropriate flavor for sunny days. This cocktail is not too sweet either! So don’t let the elderflower and simple syrup scare you off. It is perfectly delightful.
•1 ounce gin
•1 ounce st. germain
•1/2 ounce simple syrup
•1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
•4 sage leaves
1 Muddle together 3 sage leaves and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker
2 Add ice, gin, st. germain, and lemon juice
3 Shake for 30 seconds or until thoroughly chilled
4 Strain into a coupe glass.
5 Garnish with a sage leaf and enjoy!