LEMON SAGE GIN FIZZ
LEMON SAGE GIN FIZZ | THE SPIRITED SPROUT
If you've checked out many of my other recipes this summer, you may be beginning to catch on to my deep love of sage in cocktails. Several years ago a good friend and cocktail connoisseur made me my first sage cocktail, what he named the Holland Botanical. It was the perfect combination of tart and herbal and was unbelievably refreshing. I still make it often, but have also found ways to sneak the sage and lemon pairing into other classic cocktails.
For years I was terrified of a true Gin Fizz. The idea of raw egg whites completely irked me, but recently, with the right combination of ingredients, I've found that an obstacle I was willing to overcome. If you're on the fence, I would encourage you to order a Gin Fizz at your favorite bar to experience it in all its glory. Before you know it you'll be in love, and your fear of raw egg whites will be long gone.
2 oz. Gin
1 Egg white
.5 oz. Simple syrup
3-4 Sage leaves
1 oz. Club soda
Muddle the sage leaves in the lemon juice, then add the gin, simple syrup, club soda and egg white.
Shake vigorously. Seriously. The Gin Fizz is not a drink for half-hearted cocktail shakers.
Strain (another required step - do not pour directly!) into a glass (highball is the traditional glass here, but my Olivia Pope wine glasses from Crate & Barrell came in this week, so you know every drink I made this week found a home in these long-stemmed beauties) filled with crushed ice. Top with a sage leaf (optional) and enjoy!