The original recipe for this drink called it a martini, but I couldn’t bring myself to call it that, since it has foam and really didn’t seem martini like to me. In any case, it was delicious! I loved this cocktail and will make it again.
I have a sage plant in my yard, and always have tons of fresh sage so this was a great drink to make. 100 percent recommend getting fresh sage for this. To make this drink, you first make a sage simple syrup by combining equal parts sugar/water with some fresh sage leaves and boiling for a few minutes, then cooling. I made it the day before and left the sage leaves in to get extra flavor into the syrup.
Lemon juice balances out the sweetness here, and I loved this drink but felt it could have been slightly less sweet, so next time I will reduce the syrup a little bit. I loved the fresh, herbal, tangy and sweet flavor of this cocktail. Yummy.
Sage and Gin Cocktail
For the syrup:
- 4 sage leaves
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
For the drink:
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- 1 sage leaf for garnish
- 1 oz sage infused simple syrup
- 1 egg white or cocktail foamer
- Place the sugar and water and sage leaves into a small sauce pan. Heat on medium until boiling and cook for a few minutes. Remove from heat and cool and store in the fridge.
- Combine the gin, lemon juice, syrup and foamer in a cocktail shaker and shake until you have good foam. Add ice and shake until cold. Pour into a chilled glass and top with sage leaf garnish.