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
Next, the sage needs to be chopped up. This is done easily by layering 810 sage leaves on top of each other…..
…..and then chopping them all at once.
The chopped sage went into a saucepan with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water.
I brought it to a boil, stirred it occasionally and then dropped the heat down and let it simmer for about 57 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

Put chopped sage leaves, sugar and water into a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Let simmer for 57 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and let cool completely.

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 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

Fill a glass with ice.

Squeeze lemon over the ice and put lemon in glass with ice.

Add gin, liqueur and sage simple syrup to ice and stir well.

Top it up with tonic and enjoy!!
27 thoughts on “Sage Simple Syrup and a Gin Cocktail”
Looks delicious Cassandrea! I would probably make sage extract….and do what with it? I’m not sure…:) Refreshing Gin & Tonic recipe!
Thanks Allie! Ooooo sage extract would be interesting!!
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.
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! ðŸ™‚
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!
Awesome! Let me know how you like it!!
Simple syrups are so fun to play with! I love the combo of sage and gin. I will have to try this!
Thanks! Yeah the combo is quite herbal yet sweet!
Sage and gin! Such a clever combination! I bet it is amazing!!!
Can’t wait to try this….I have gin ðŸ˜‰ just need some sage!
Thanks! It’s pretty tasty I have to admit!
Oh gosh! This cocktail is just up my alley! I’m looking forward to giving it a try. Thanks so much for posting!
Thanks! Let me know how you like it when you try it! ðŸ™‚
Great idea! Sage is the one herb I did NOT plant this year. An oversight. I bet thyme would be great in this too!
Thanks Jenn! I think thyme would be awesome too! Especially if you make a cocktail with it after and have lemon! Mmmmm lemon thyme!
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!
Oh yum! I just went and checked out your lemon balm sorbet and it looks/sounds amazing!!
Never tried sage syrup, but now I will. Nice idea…
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! ðŸ˜€
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.
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! ðŸ™‚
What a lovely sounding drink!
Thankyou Rachel! ðŸ™‚
Sage is one of the few herbs I haven’t tried in a simple syrup!
This is my first try at a herbal simple syrup! Now I want to try Rosemary, thyme, mint!!!
I love a good gin cocktail! I’m picky about gin sometimes, but this is a drink I can totally get behind. Thanks for sharing!
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Nice! I’ve got to get my hands on some elderflower liqueur first, but I’m definitely trying this since I’ve already got the sage simple syrup in the fridge!
Awesome!! ðŸ™‚