Earlier this week I picked up a few bunches of fresh herbs, and grabbed a bunch of sage without really thinking about how much I would need. After using just a small amount, I realised that I’d chosen an especially large bunch. So, for the past few days there has been a sage in most of our dinners, lunches, and even one or two breakfasts.
While trying to figure out other ways to use up the rest of the bunch, making a DIY toner for my face, and reading about the benefits of sage tea, I realised that a much more fun way to use the rest would be in this week’s Friday Cocktail. I love sage in the fall and winter(though perhaps not as much as I’ve had recently)– it works so well with roasted veggies, and with hearty soups, both of which are some of my go-to’s when making dinner when the weather gets colder. Even the smell of sage can transport me to memories of dinner with my family at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This cocktail, which definitely makes sage the star, includes elderflower water, a touch of honey, and dry gin. As you go in for a sip, you get a lovely smell of sage, which is clean and wintry. The elderflower balances the earthiness of sage and makes a wonderfully drinkable cocktail– slightly medicinal but, perfect for sipping by the fire, or before a holiday dinner.
• 1.5 oz elderflower water
• 2 oz gin
• 4-5 large sage leaves (plus a few smaller ones for garnish)
• 1/4 tsp good honey
- Add the sage leaves, honey, and half of the elderflower water to a cocktail shaker and muddle until the leaves have broken up a bit.
- Add the rest of the elderflower water, the gin, and some ice, and shake thoroughly
- Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a small sage leaf.