The SAGE - A Thanksgiving Adult Beverage with Sage

Adult Beverage.

Hopefully in a few more days you will be together with your family crowded at a table and stuffing your faces with food that you don’t normally eat throughout the year.  I just love this time of the year.

Turkey is the protein of choice for Thanksgiving and usually everyone is scrounging around to purchase sage because we all know, it is always bought as you get closer to turkey day.  Now, I am going to admit that I don’t use this herb nearly as much as it should be.  It has a great earthy flavor and pungent, almost astringent smell to it. 

Well, I actually bought some sage the other day to make sage brown butter to go with my pumpkin ravioli from Trader Joes.  That meal turned out great, but I had some left over.  So, what else do you do with leftover herbs?  Make an adult beverage of course.

This was a brain child of mine based on what was in the fridge.  Honestly, you could probably use a different fruit juice or even bourbon instead of vodka. Or, even no alcohol at all. Whatever floats your taste buds?  The apple cider totally fits the season and the ginger just adds a wonderful fresh kick.

The SAGE (Sage Apple GingEr.)

¾ cup water
¾ cup  sugar
fresh sage leaves
large chunks

of ginger; peeled and chopped
vodka, any brand you prefer
apple cider

In a small saucepan, add the water and sugar.  Bring it to a boil until the sugar dissolves.  Add the ginger and about 6-7 sage leaves.  Let it boil for a few minutes and take off the heat to let it steep and cool for about 20 minutes. 

In a shaker with ice, add an ounce of the ginger, sage simple syrup.  Add three ounces of your vodka of choice and two ounces of the apple cider.  Shake.  Taste. Adjust to your liking.  Strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with sage and/or ginger. 


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