Candied Sage & Gin Cocktail

Let’s give thanks for holiday-inspired cocktails and cranberry gin

Oh my gourd, it’s the holiday season! Nothing gets me into the spirit more than a holiday-inspired cocktail. Before the cold grips us all, I celebrate the last gasp of autumn with the taste of cranberry and rhubarb. Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery (located in Union and with a tasting room on Fore Street in Portland) makes Rhubarb Smash, a barrel-aged brandy blended with rhubarb and elderberries. While I was at their Old Port tasting room, I also picked up a bottle of their Cranberry Gin, which is made with Maine cranberries.

I also made candied sage garnishes, which is actually much easier than it sounds. First I coated sage leaves in simple syrup, then I sprinkled sugar all over both sides of the leaves and let them dry and harden on a wire rack over night. Getting them to float perfectly on your drink is the tricky part.

This blend of classic holiday flavors is the perfect fancy party cocktail, and what I love most is that it is so damn easy.

THE RECIPE

2 ounces Sweetgrass Cranberry Gin
2 ounces Sweetgrass Rhubarb Smash
1/2 ounce lime juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
Candied sage and cranberries for the garnish

Put all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass, add garnish.

Jessie Lacey resides at the heart of downtown Portland with her border collie puppy Josie, making cocktails and trouble.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

We strive to bring our readers the best content possible and provide it to you free of charge. In order to make this possible we do utilize online ads.

We promise to not implement annoying advertising practices, including auto-playing videos and sounds.

Please whitelist our site or turn off your adblocker to view this content.

Thank you for your understanding.