Medicine Man Recipe

Medicine Man Recipe

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Maple syrup, paprika, and sage make an unexpectedly delicious combination in this rum based cocktail by Ian Scalzo of Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco.

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 3 minutes
  • Total time:3 minutes


  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 ounce maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 sage leaves, divided


  1. 1.

    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add white rum, lemon juice, maple syrup, paprika, and 3 sage leaves. Shake well for 30 seconds.

  2. 2.

    Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with final sage leaf.