Bourbon. Sage. Honey. Lemon.
Honey Sage Syrup
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
1 ounce fresh sage leaves, stems removed
Sage Gold Rush Cocktail
2 ounces bourbon
1 ½ ounces honey sage simple syrup
1 ½ ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
To make the syrup, combine honey, water, and sage leaves in a medium saucepan over medium heat. As soon as mixture starts to steam, turn heat off. Steep sage leaves for 10 minutes. Strain into a jar or bottle with a lid, pressing leaves firmly to release liquid. Makes about 1 cup. Leftover syrup will keep well sealed in the fridge for about 1 month.
To make the cocktail, combine bourbon, honey syrup, and lemon juice in an ice-filled shaker. Shake for 1 minute. Strain into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses; garnish with a twist of lemon and a few sprigs sage.