It’s around this time of year that I get anxious for spring. Any hint of a mild and sunny day gets me dreaming about lush gardens and fresh herbs and herby cocktails in lush gardens. This one from California contributor Denise quenches my thirst. I’m ready for spring, but don’t really want to say good-bye to whiskey season either…
We are in the middle of the citrus season and, this year, we’ve enjoyed an abundance of it. If you come to our house between now and March, there will most likely be a big bowl of our bounty on the counter, and you will get a citrus cocktail of some sort to begin the evening. This recipe happens to be one of our favorites as it has the best of both worlds, citrus and whiskey.
I love using herbs in cocktails and sage seemed the perfect choice for this recipe. When working with herbs for drinks, I make a simple syrup and let the herbs steep just long enough for the flavor to infuse with the sweetness. Sage doesn’t take long as it can tend to be overpowering and a little goes a long ways. Add a splash of your favorite whiskey and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, and you’ve got a brilliant cocktail that is easy to enjoy.
Bonus: If you bottle the simple syrup in a pretty jar, and tie a ribbon around it, you have a lovely hostess gift to take to your next cocktail party!
Grapefruit Sage Cocktail
Makes: 1 cup Sage Simple Syrup and 1 cocktail
Ingredients:Sage Simple Syrup
- 1/3 cup unrefined sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 8 sage leaves, slightly crushed between your fingers
- 1 1/2 ounces whiskey
- 3 ounces grapefruit juice
- 1 ounce Sage Simple Syrup
- Grapefruit slice, for garnish
- Sage leave, for garnish
- Place the sugar and water into a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from the stove and stir in the sage leaves. Set aside to cool, then strain into a small jar.
- Place the ice in a cocktail glass.
- Pour in the whiskey, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup. Stir.
- Garnish with grapefruit slice and sage leaf and serve.
- Sage leaves
- Pour the Sage Simple Syrup into the jar.
- Wrap the top with a ribbon.
- Pin several sage leaves to the ribbon.
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