Learn how to make a refreshingly herbaceous Sage Cocktail recipe perfect for summer garden parties.
Our quick & easy sage mixed drink features premium gin, homemade sage simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice.
This Sage Gin Cocktail recipe is the perfect mixed drink for those tending a backyard herb garden. Pluck a few fragrant sage leaves and enjoy a “garden to glass” sipping experience.
We love serving this Sage Cocktail in the summer at our cottage in Muskoka or on a backyard patio in Toronto. On a hot day it’s a truly refreshing drink, especially for green thumbs and fans of fresh herbs.
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Homemade Gin Sage Cocktail
Sage is a perennial, evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae and native to the Mediterranean region, though it has been naturalized in many places throughout the world.
It has a long history of medicinal and culinary use, and in modern times it has been used as an ornamental garden plant.
Fresh sage contains vitamins A and C, along with several other antioxidants, which help reduce the risk of serious health conditions like cancer. It’s also rich in vitamin K, which aids the body in clotting blood. Since sage is usually taken in small amounts, it provides a high amount of nutrition without a lot of calories.
In the United Kingdom, sage has been listed as an essential herb, along with parsley, rosemary, and thyme. It has a savoury, slightly peppery flavour. In British and American cooking, it is traditionally served as sage and onion stuffing, an accompaniment to roast turkey at Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Sage appears in many European cuisines, notably Italian and Balkan (Bosnia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia). In Italian cuisine, it is an essential ingredient in Saltimbocca and Involtini di Pollo.
The pungent fresh herb makes an appearance in one of my family’s favourite summer sips, this easy homemade Sage Cocktail.
Pluck fresh sage from your herb garden in the Summer or Fall and make a flavourful homemade sage simple syrup to sweeten the tart citrus-forward tipple.
Blend premium gin, fresh lemon juice and homemade sage syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and garnish the glass with a lemon peel twist and fresh sage leaf.
Sage Gin Cocktail Recipe Ingredients
Our Gin Sage Cocktail is easy to make in under 20 minutes!
- Gin: we suggest using Bombay Sapphire, The Botanist or Tanqueray Gin.
- Lemon Juice: only use freshly squeezed lemon juice never store bought citrus concentrate.
- Lemon Sage Simple Syrup: our recipe includes a simple homemade syrup infused with lemon and fresh sage.
- Garnish: before serving the drink add a lemon twist and fresh sage leaf.
Fresh Sage Cocktail Recipe Tips
This Sage Cocktail recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 20 minutes.
We love serving this refreshing Sage Drink in the summer at the cottage or at a backyard garden party. It’s also an easy drink to prepare at potlucks, house parties and barbecues. If you have sage growing in your herb garden it’s fun for guests to garnish their glass with a freshly plucked sage leaf.
Our Sage Cocktail recipe serves two people. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a punch bowl or jug.
Best Selling Gin
Gin has certainly enjoyed a boom in popularity at cocktail bars in recent years. You’ll find fantastic premium gins distilled from Scotland to Muskoka. Here are some of the world’s best selling gins and some of our local small batch favourites:
- Gordon’s Gin: The world’s top selling gin brand is owned by Diageo. The brand’s pink iteration has undoubtedly helped to fuel its success. Gordon’s has also unveiled a line of new innovative products including two “ultra-low-alcohol” pre-mixed gin and tonic sparkling beverages and Gordon’s Gin-infused popsicles.
- Bombay Sapphire Gin: Bacardi-owned Bombay Sapphire is one of the worlds best-selling gins. Bombay Sapphire kicked off a new limited edition range with the launch of a gin inspired by summer in the English countryside.
- Tanqueray: Diageo-owned Tanqueray launched a new marketing campaign developed to shift consumers’ attention from “gimmicks” to flavour and unveiled a range of bottled ready-to-drink gin and tonics, made with its London Dry Gin and Flor de Sevilla Distilled Gin.
- Beefeater Gin: Pernod Ricard’s flagship gin brand is Beefeater. The brand launched strawberry-flavoured Beefeater Pink in 2018 and further expanded its portfolio with the debut of a new blood orange-flavoured gin.
- Seagram’s: Pernod Ricard-owned Seagram’s is a top seller having recently purchased Italian brand Malfy Gin.
- Hendrick’s Gin: Opened the door to its £13 million Gin Palace in 2018, allowing the brand to double its capacity to two million cases annually. The Scottish brand has also added to its portfolio with the launch of the limited edition summer solstice-inspired Midsummer Solstice gin.
- Edinburgh Gin: This craft distillery in Edinburgh produces a parade of flavoured gin bottles including rhubarb & ginger gin, raspberry gin, bramble & honey gin, black currant & anise, strawberry & pink peppercorn and pomegranate & rose.
- Dillon’s Distillery: This Beamsville producer makes small batch gins including rose gin, cherry gin and strawberry gin.
- Muskoka Brewery: This Ontario craft brewery produces a London Dry and spicy pink peppercorn gin.
Travel to Taste the World’s Best Gins
There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with the best Sage Gin Cocktail recipe then by planning a vacation to visit the world’s best gin distilleries.
The world’s most famous gins can be found in the United Kingdom as well as neighbouring Ireland. The booming gin trend has produced a high demand for premium gins produced by distilleries in Canada and America.
We’ve visited a handful of gin distilleries in Britain as well as a chic gin cocktail bar at the Shangri-La Hotel in Taipei. The gin craze has officially travelled from England to North America, Asia and beyond!
In Scotland we visited Edinburgh Gin for a tour and tasting before enjoying a road trip to the Isle of Islay, which is best known for its famous Islay whisky distilleries. One of the best things to do on the Isle of Islay is pay a visit to Bruichladdich Distillery, which produces its signature whisky as well as Botanist Gin.
In Brighton we visited a tiny micro-distillery called Brighton Gin, one of the best things to do in Brighton for G&T fans. We also stayed at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire to sip our way through the jaw-dropping home of renowned Bombay Sapphire.
Looking to plan the ultimate road trip of Canada to discover the best gins?
Our favourite Canadian gins include Ungava in Quebec, Tawse and Dillon’s in Niagara, Muskoka Brewery in Ontario cottage country, Kinsip House of Fine Spirits in Prince Edward County, North of 7 in Ottawa, Dixon’s in Guelph, Eau Claire Distillery in Alberta, Blackfox in Saskatoon, Ironworks Gin in Nova Scotia and Long Table Distillery in British Columbia.
Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment
Before hosting a swanky Gin Sage Cocktail garden party you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.
- Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
- Cocktail Shaker: a bartender’s best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
- Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
- Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
- Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
- Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
- Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
- Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
- Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
- Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
- Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
- Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
- Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
- Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
- Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
- Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
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How To Make An Easy Gin Sage Cocktail
Fresh Gin Sage Cocktail
- Shot Glass
- Small Pot
- Sieve / Strainer
- Cocktail Shaker
Lemon Sage Syrup
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1 Lemon juice and zest
- 8 Fresh Sage Leaves
Gin Sage Cocktail
- 1/2 cup Gin
- 3 tbsp Lemon Sage Syrup
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
- Lemon Test + Sage Leaf garnish
- Combine the water and sugar in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Add the lemon juice, zest, and sage leaves and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat and allow the zest and sage to steep in the syrup until it cools to room temperature.
- Strain out the zest and sage and store the cooled syrup in the fridge until ready to use.
- To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the gin, lemon sage syrup, and lemon juice. Shake for 30 seconds to thoroughly mix and chill the ingredients.
- Pour the mixture into the two glasses and garnish each with a lemon twist and sage leaf.
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