Three Tequila + Sage Cocktails
Quick, name a green herb popular in cocktails. If you said mint, sorry, you’re wrong. We’re talking about sage!
Our friends at Tequila Partida put together these oddball libations all revolving around that staple of turkey stuffing.
Partida Sagerac, by Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tequila Partida Bartender Ambassador
1.5 oz Partida Reposado
1.5 oz Partida Anejo
5 to 8 Sage leaves (depending on the strength of the leaves)
3 bar spoons simple syrup
4 dashes Peychauds Bitters
1 dash of Angostura Bitters
Chill a cocktail glass with ice and coat ice with Pastis. Leave to chill. In a mixing glass, add Bitters, simple syrup and sage leaves. Lightly muddle to release the oils from the sage. Add ice and Tequila and stir. Discard the ice and Pastis from the cocktail glass. Strain cocktail into chilled Pastis-coated cocktail glass. Garnish with sage leaves.
Autumn Woods, by Mike Ryan, Sable Kitchen & Bar
2 oz Partida Reposado
1/8 oz Partida 100% Organic Agave Nectar
3 Sage leaves
3 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
In first glass, rinse with Walnut Liqueur, fill with crushed ice. In second glass, muddle sage leaves. Add all other ingredients. Stir with ice. Dump out ice in 1st glass and strain ingredients into it. Drop a sage leaf in.
Jalisco Daisy, by Mike Ryan, Sable Kitchen & Bar (pictured)
2 oz Partida Blanco
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz Partida 100% Organic Agave Nectar (cut with 1/4 oz water)
2 Sage leaves
Shake all ingredients. Fine strain. Serve up.
Where do I get Walnut Liqueur?
Nocello is the brand I usually see (and have). Pretty widely available.
We use the Nux Alpina, from Haus Alpenz. Eric Seed’s company that imports groovy stuff like Dolin, Cocchi Americano, and the Rothman and Winter line of liqueurs and cordials. Shouldn’t be too hard to find, depending on your location.
Nux Alpina is definitely the way to go. It’s more of a bitter flavor, like a proper nocino. Nocello is much sweeter, and also has artificial flavors in it last time I checked ;_;
Shout out to Mike Ryan! I miss all my Chicago cocktail haunts now that I’ve moved away.