Raising the Bar
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.