Make this sage-infused simple syrup to add an herby sweetness and flavor to anything from iced tea to a homemade cocktail. Sage has a very strong and distinct flavor that could be described as piney, with notes of eucalyptus and citrus, which makes it work well with citrus-inspired drinks. We love to make this for guests to add to their favorite gin, vodka, or bourbon cocktails—or for a luncheon to add to iced tea or lemonade. Lemon or lime juice and sage make a dynamic duo for many drinks and dishes, so you can use this simple syrup to sweeten up a delicious recipe of bourbon, honey, lemon juice, and this simple syrup for a refreshing drink of the South. (This cocktail is great with gin, as well, as a sort of gimlet.) It’s so refreshing, cool, and unique—you’ll impress everyone at the dinner party whipping these up as a signature aperitif for the night. For a more moderate affair, give a sage essence to fresh-made lemonade for a special twist. If you’re planning a party, make up a double batch and put it in a small glass pitcher with a label, making it easy for guests to pour in their highball glasses. It’s incredibly easy to make (just add fresh sage leaves to your saucepan with sugar and water!), so we venture to guess you’re going to be filing this one in the party-favorite section of your recipe book. Trust us, this is going to be your new secret weapon when it comes to elevating your beverages for any occasion. Even better, this simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup firmly packed fresh sage leaves
How to Make It
Combine sugar, water, and sage leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into an airtight container, pressing solids to remove as much liquid as possible. Discard solids. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.