A new year is nearly here! Hello, 2016!
In celebration of new opportunities, second chances and fresh starts, I give you a sparkly cocktail that you will no doubt want to sip all year long. I have every intention of celebrating big things this year, and I feel this drink will be perfect for those special times.
I based this cocktail recipe off of one in a new book Kyle and I were just gifted (thanks, Brooke and Derek!). Shake is written by Eric Prum and Josh Williams, and it is filled with the most gorgeous photographs and delicious cocktail combinations. I am totally inspired to try new drinks in 2016 and stop being afraid of weird ingredients and combos. I’m looking at you, pickleback.
I used Shake’s cocktail called The Sage Advice as my basis for this one. Here’s what I came up with.
Yield: 2 cocktails
1 shot gin
2 shots fresh grapefruit juice
1 shot sage simple syrup (recipe to follow)
2 large strips grapefruit zest
4 sage leaves
Sage Simple Syrup: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add 1 cup of white sugar and 5 sage leaves. Crush the sage leaves with the back of your spoon while you stir. Cook until the sugar is dissolved. Strain into a glass container.
To make the cocktail, crush 2 sage leaves and the grapefruit zest in your hands and throw them in a shaker. Add the gin, sage simple syrup and grapefruit juice to the shaker. Add ice and shake for 3 seconds. (Eric and Josh are very clear about shake times!) Strain into two coupe (I used martini) glasses and add champagne. Use the remaining two sage leaves as garnish.
So why sage? I wanted to make a cocktail with sage, because it is an herb used for cleansing. When ingested, it is great for anti-inflammatory issues, and when burned, also known as smudging, it will cleanse the negativity and bad vibes from a room or from your own body. This has been used for centuries within Native American tribes and now more modernly with anyone who wants to clear their home of sadness, heartache or pain. What better time than the beginning of a new year to cleanse and start again?
This cocktail is herbal from the sage and a little tangy from the grapefruit. I also love anything sparkling, so the bubbles add to the refreshing taste. This is a perfectly festive drink for celebrating with friends and family for New Year’s Eve.