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Right now there is plenty of sage growing in our herb garden. Sage typically makes it through most of the winter here in our mid-Atlantic climate. This bit of hearty herb got us thinking about the word "sage" - which derives from the Latin salvia, meaning "healing plant." The other meaning of sage is "profoundly wise" - as derived from the Latin sapere. Given everything going on in the world these days, we could all use a bit of healing, some wisdom - and (of course) a drink!


Sage Gimlet

  • 6 Sage leaves (plus a sprig for garnish)
  • 1 3/4 ounce Gin
  • 3/4 ounce St. Germain
  • 3/4 ounce Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Simple syrup
  • 2 dashes of Lemon bitters

Place 6 sage leaves in bottom of cocktail shaker with the lemon juice and muddle until the leaves begin to break up. (We use a bar muddler, but you can use a wooden spoon if you don't have that tool on hand.) Add ice, vodka. St. Germain, simple syrup, bitters and shake for 30 seconds. Strain through a sieve (to keep the fragments of sage leaf out of the drink). Garnish with a sprig of sage and a lemon twist.

To see the recipe and our original artwork visit our Cocktail Artist blog.