We’re pretty lucky to live in an area where sweet, earthy sage can grow almost year round. Sage is a potent herb and can only be used in small doses, so when it shows up in the CSA, I find myself coming up with about a million different ways to utilize the herb. This time I made a raw sugar simple syrup with sage and ginger matchsticks to use in winter cocktail infusions.
Simply, bring 50% water and 50% sugar just to a boil and dissolve the solids. chill. cut ginger matchsticks and place in a small container with the syrup. Smack sage to release the oils and place in the syrup with the ginger. leave in the refrigerator to infuse. I like my infusions strong to stand up to the alcohol, so I let it do its thing for a week or two.
My pick: 3 oz vodka with 1 oz sage ginger simple, chilled, shaken, and served up.But, you can also pour an oz in a glass of soda water for a natural central Oregon style sparkler.
Holiday fancy cocktail party 😉