The combination of bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and sage-infused simple syrup is dynamic in this Bourbon and Sage Cocktail. It’s refreshing, aromatic, and smooth all in one sip. What’s not to love?
Bourbon & Sage Cocktail
If you would have told me four years ago that I would be such a big bourbon fan, I wouldn’t have believed you. Flash forward to today and now I basically want to make every bourbon-based cocktail recipe I can. I’m in love!
I’m especially excited to bring you today’s recipe. With fresh sage growing in terra cotta pots on my deck, it was the perfect time to whip up this Bourbon and Sage Cocktail.
The recipe is really simple as the cocktail is only made up of three ingredients:
- really good bourbon (I recommend Four Roses Single Barrel)
- freshly squeezed lemon juice
- sage simple syrup
That’s it friends!
And you can make the simple syrup at home. It’s easy as can be, I promise. I shared all the details and a link to my simple syrup recipe below.
Adding the sage to the simple syrup creates an earthy and aromatic flavor that complements the bourbon and fresh lemon juice perfectly. The combination of all three is just oh so good!
Can we also talk about the adorable cocktail garnish? My Mom and I went out to dinner recently and they served my Old Fashioned with this mini clothespin holding on the orange peel and I just about died of cuteness. Naturally, I had to repeat the look, but for this cocktail, I just used a baby sprig of sage. So adorable!
These bitty clothespins are tricky to find. The one-inch size are a bit more readily available, but these are smaller than that. I was able to source them for you HERE. I also found them at Michael’s Craft Store, but was unable to find a link. I highly recommend them for cocktail garnishes.
I also need to give a shout-out to these rocks glasses too. I’m digging them. They have just the right amount of subtle detail without it being too much.
Okay, I think it’s time we stir up a few of these Bourbon and Sage Cocktails. Let’s do it!
Kitchen Tools I Recommend for This Recipe:
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How to Make a Bourbon & Sage Cocktail:
To start, you’re going to want to make the sage simple syrup. It sounds fancy, but it’s not difficult. In fact, I have a blog post with my easy simple syrup recipe HERE.
To infuse the sage, simply add 10 sage leaves to the simple syrup as soon as you turn off the heat. Let the sage leaves steep for 10 minutes, then remove from the syrup. Allow the syrup to cool before preparing your cocktail. That’s it! Simple as can be and the resulting syrup is just so much more deeply flavored. It’s so good!
To a rocks glass filled with ice, add the lemon juice, bourbon, and sage simple syrup.
Stir with a spoon to combine.
Garnish with half of a lemon slice and sage leaves.
Okay, so not only is this Bourbon and Sage Cocktail really delicious, but it’s quite fetching too, don’t you think? Maybe all cocktails need a clothespin garnish. Who’s with me?
I hope you take the time to give this recipe a try! Cheers!
LOOKING FOR MORE Bourbon-Based Cocktails? TRY THESE:
- Cider and Maple Old Fashioned
- Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
- Frozen Old Fashioned Slush
- Naughty But Nice Christmas Cocktail
- Apple Cider Manhattan
- Maple Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
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Bourbon & Sage Cocktail Recipe:
Bourbon and Sage Cocktail
- .75 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces bourbon - I prefer Four Roses Single Barrel
- 1 ounce sage simple syrup
- mini clothespin, sage leaves, and lemon slice to garnish
- To a rocks glass filled with ice, add the lemon juice, bourbon, and sage simple syrup.
- Stir with a spoon to combine.
- Garnish with half of a lemon slice and sage leaves.