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The Pollinator

Sage isn't given nearly enough credit. It's not just for stuffing you know! Discover how delightful sage tea can be, playing a leading role in one of our all-time fav cocktails.

I believe this cocktail could be described as a gin sour, given it's components. What's truly remarkable about this cocktail is how apparent both the honey and the sage are on your pallet, while blending in perfectly with the other ingredients.

The Pollinator

For the Honey-Sage Syrup

½ cup honey

½ cup water

12-15 medium sage leaves, stems removed

For 2 Cocktails

4 ounces gin

2½ - 3 ounces honey-sage syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)

3 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1½ large lemons)

Make the Honey-Sage Syrup: Combine water, honey and sage leaves in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off heat and let it steep leaves for 15 minutes. Strain into a sealable jar or bottle. Makes about 1 cup. Leftover syrup will keep in the fridge for about 1 month, possibly longer.

Make the cocktails: Combine gin, lemon juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker halfway with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sage leaf or a lemon twist.

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