Raising the Bar

by Nov 19, 2021North Brunswick, Recipes

The traditional gin and tonic gets a sweet upgrade with blackberries and fresh sage.

Around the North Brunswick Magazine office, I’m known as the plant lady because I love growing all types of plants, succulents and herbs. A few sprigs of my homegrown sage inspired me to create this variation of the classic gin and tonic.

Fresh sage is one of my favorite herbs to use in cocktails and recipes. Earthy and slightly peppery with hints of mint, eucalyptus and lemon, it pairs well with blackberries and holds its own against the bold flavors of gin.

For this cocktail, blackberries are muddled with a little bit of lemon juice before adding gin and sage simple syrup. You can use the back of a spoon if you do not have a wooden muddler. The drink is then topped with San Pellegrino. Regular club soda or tonic water would also work but I prefer San Pellegrino.

I am a big fan of garnishes on my cocktails, and I saw this little trick while dining at a local restaurant. You take your garnish, in this case the sage, blackberries and lemon slices, and slide them over a toothpick. Then you rub it over the rim of the glass to release the aromatics and oils so you can savor them with every sip.

Enjoy our delightful fall weather with this multi-faceted and thirst-quenching version of the classic gin and tonic.

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Blackberry-Sage Gin and Tonic
The traditional gin and tonic gets a sweet upgrade with blackberries and fresh sage.
Blackberry Mint Julip
Course Drink
Cuisine cocktail
Keyword blackberries, gin, sage
Servings
drink
Ingredients
Course Drink
Cuisine cocktail
Keyword blackberries, gin, sage
Servings
drink
Ingredients
Blackberry Mint Julip
Instructions
  1. For Sage Simple Syrup: Warm 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of water in a sauce pan over medium heat until the sugar melts. Turn off the burner and add the sage leaves. Let it steep for 5 minutes before you remove it from the burner, then allow to cool. Store in an air-tight bottle or jar. Simple sugar can last for months in your liquor cabinet.
  2. In a the bottom of a tumbler glass, muddle blackberries with lemon juice and then top with ice.
  3. Fill a shaker with ice. Add 1½ ounces gin and ½ ounce Sage Simple Syrup and shake for 30 seconds.
  4. Strain into the tumbler. Top with San Pellegrino and garnish with blackberries and sage leaves.
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