Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a low growing, perennial evergreen shrub with lavender flowers that is native to the Mediterranean. For thousands of years, sage has been used for its medicinal qualities, but it is probably best known culinarily for being essential for poultry, pork, and bread stuffings.
Sage has a gorgeous aroma - it is at the same time mysteriously musky, woody, and fern-like, with notes of menthol, white pepper and warm decay. Sage should be used sparingly as it can overpower dishes (or cocktails), but a brief roll of the leaf gently in the fingers can help release the essential oils.
Some popular cocktails containing Sage
- Wisdom Cocktail — Bourbon, Cynar, Elisir M. P. Roux, Lime juice, Sage
- Marquee Cocktail — Gin, Aperol, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Sage, Salt
- Pig's Punch — Rye, Bénédictine, Orange bitters, Apple cider, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Sage
- Port of Haifa — Cuban rum, Ruby Port, Smoke, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Sage
- Marie Byrd — Gin, Bianco Vermouth, Crème de Menthe, Wormwood bitters, Herbal liqueur, Sage, Grapefruit peel