Sage Simple Syrup and a Gin Cocktail

Sage Simple Syrup and a Gin Cocktail

I have an abundance of sage. My husband bought me a huge herb planter this summer and it is about 50% sage, so I needed a recipe that would use a decent portion of it. I thought a sage simple syrup would be an interesting addition to summer cocktails. I have made plain simple syrup before and figured adding sage to the mix would make an infused syrup, perfect for creating unique cocktails. 

To start the sage simple syrup, I picked a bunch of my fresh sage and washed it under cold water. I am using 50 sage leaves for the recipe, which sounds like a lot, but I really like the flavour of sage and wanted a stronger herbal tasting syrup. 

sage simple syrup

Sage Simple Syrup

Next, the sage needs to be chopped up. This is done easily by layering 8-10 sage leaves on top of each other…..

…..and then chopping them all at once. 

Sage Simple Syrup

The chopped sage went into a saucepan with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water.

sage simple syrup

I brought it to a boil, stirred it occasionally and then dropped the heat down and let it simmer for about 5-7 minutes. All of the sugar has dissolved at this point. If it hasn’t for some reason, keep simmering. 

I took it off the burner and let it cool completely. Once cooled, I strained it into a glass container. The syrup should keep in the fridge for a couple weeks. 

Sage Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 50 sage leaves chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Put chopped sage leaves, sugar and water into a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Let simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  4. Once cool, strain into a glass bottle and refrigerate until needed for a tasty cocktail, such as the next recipe!

Sage and Elderflower Gin and Tonic

Next I needed to figure out what to do with this syrup. The flavour is sweet and herbal tasting; it tastes like it would be perfect to pair with gin! I have a bottle of Ungava Gin from my recent Gin Taste Test and I recently picked up a bottle of St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur and decided to experiment with all these flavours… and I am glad I did! What a tasty, sweet, herbal, refreshing cocktail! 

sage simple syrup

Sage and Elderflower Gin and Tonic

Ingredients

  • 1/4 lemon juice squeezed into a glass of ice
  • 1 ounce gin I used my Ungava
  • 1/2 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Sage Simple Syrup
  • Tonic

Instructions

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Squeeze lemon over the ice and put lemon in glass with ice.
  3. Add gin, liqueur and sage simple syrup to ice and stir well.
  4. Top it up with tonic and enjoy!!
What cocktail would you create with a sage simple syrup? What would you make if you had an abundance of sage? 

Sage Simple Syrup

27 thoughts on “Sage Simple Syrup and a Gin Cocktail

  1. I love the idea of a sage simple syrup. Although I don’t have homegrown sage right now, I’m hoping to rustle some up from a neighbor.

    1. Awesome! Let me know how it turns out for you and what you use it for! I would love to find other ideas to use the syrup for- cocktails or not! 🙂

  2. I never thought about using sage for a simple syrup! I think my mom in law has it growing in her garden…I think I am going to try this!

  3. Sage and gin! Such a clever combination! I bet it is amazing!!!
    Can’t wait to try this….I have gin 😉 just need some sage!

    1. Thanks Jenn! I think thyme would be awesome too! Especially if you make a cocktail with it after and have lemon! Mmmmm lemon thyme!

  4. We have a tonne of herbs so I have been thinking of ways to use them too. I did a sorbet recently using lots of lemon balm. Love this idea, now on my list!

  5. Wow, now this is really simple and looks awesome! Also, what an amazing name for a herb is sage?? It’s almost as good as rocket! 😀

  6. Love the sound of that cocktail. I have mint, rosemary, oregano, dill and chives all growing in abundance. But no sage – think I might need a trip to the supermarket and to rethink my planting for next summer.

    1. I am thinking of trying a simple syrup with other herbs like mint or rosemary next! I bet the rosemary would be great with gin as well. And mint – mojitos! 🙂

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