Highland Sage Cocktail Recipe

Highland Sage Cocktail Recipe
Staff Writer
Highland Sage cocktail

Maryse Chevriere

Highland Sage cocktail

On the winter cocktail menu at Saul in New York City is this wonderful Scotch-based drink featuring housemade Saigon cinnamon and walnut bitters. 

Ingredients

Directions

In a large shaker tin, combine Scotch, Drambuie, lemon juice, chestnut-honey simple syrup (mix 2 parts hot water with one part chestnut-honey), 5 small-medium sage leaves, and 4-5 drops of bitters, with large-format ice and shake vigorously for a least 10 seconds. 

Double strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with ice (for an interesting riff on a Whiskey Smash, use crushed ice and garnish with a tuft of sage). Garnish with one sage leaf and add 4-5 more drops of bitters. 

Bring the cocktail up to your nose, sip, close your eyes and notice clear distinctions in the succession of tart, smoky, sweet, nutty, and bitter flavors.

Sage Shopping Tip

Keep both fresh herbs and dried herbs on hand. Dry herbs will last a long time, while fresh herbs have a short shelf-life.

Sage Cooking Tip

If you want the flavor of herbs in your food without the actual pieces, wrap them in cheese cloth and cook; discard before eating.