Bright and refreshing, this gin gimlet is made with sage-infused simple syrup and muddled fresh sage. This light and festive cocktail is perfect for fall gatherings, such as Thanksgiving. This recipe makes enough simple syrup for about 8 cocktails and can easily be doubled for a crowd. Source:, September 2019

Sylvia Fountaine


Sage Simple Syrup

Sagey Gin Gimlet


  • To prepare simple syrup: Heat sugar, water and 10 sage leaves in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Strain and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes, and up to 2 weeks.

  • To prepare cocktail: Fill a shaker half full with ice. Add sage leaves and use a muddler (or the back of a wooden spoon) to muddle the sage with the ice. Add gin, simple syrup and lemon juice and fill with ice. Cover tightly and shake well. Divide the cocktail between 2 martini glasses and garnish each with a lemon slice and sage leaf, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate syrup (Step 1) for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

160 calories; 0.1 g total fat; 2 mg sodium. 36 mg potassium; 15.6 g carbohydrates; 0.1 g fiber; 14 g sugar; 0.2 g protein; 40 IU vitamin a iu; 9 mg vitamin c; 5 mcg folate; 14 mg calcium; 5 mg magnesium; 14 g added sugar;

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