Sage Brush

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, chances are you're busy planning your menu. The biggest food holiday of the year brings with it a fair share of stress—sure, it's great to spend time with family eating delicious food, but the preparation always tends to catch me off guard. That's why, when I found this recipe for the Sage Brush from The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Fragrance and Flavor by Jerry Traunfeld, it sounded like the perfect cocktail to take a time out with.

The flavors of this drink—sage, grapefruit, lemon, and gin—balance bright and energetic with smooth and herbal. They're flavors that fit right in with this time of the year, perhaps even providing some inspiration for that yet-to-be-set Thanksgiving menu. And if you're not cooking, perhaps you may want to volunteer to make it for the host or hostess—they'll certainly appreciate it.

About the author: Kelly Carámbula blogs about her adventures in the kitchen, including a weekly happy hour, on eat make read. She is also the founder and publisher of Remedy Quarterly, an independent food magazine.

Sage Brush

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:cocktail shaker, muddler


  • 3 large sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • Garnish: grapefruit twist


  1. 1

    Add sage, sugar and lemon wedge to a cocktail shaker and muddle the ingredients until thoroughly combined—about 12 solid strokes.

  2. 2

    Add gin and grapefruit juice, then fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

  3. 3

    Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with grapefruit twist.

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