Sage Tequila Old Fashioned

I went through a stage about a year ago when I was obsessed with tequila-based old fashioneds. I even posted two on the blog — the Añejo Old Fashioned and the Oaxaca Old Fashioned, which subs in some of the tequila with a splash of mezcal.

This year, I was left with a few sprigs of extra sage floating around in my vegetable drawer after Thanksgiving, and I remembered this staple of my cocktail repertoire last winter. A sage-infused simple syrup serves as the counterpart to smokey reposado tequila and a few dashes of orange bitters. The best part is the garnish, which is truly addictive — candied sage leaves. Make more than you think you’ll need because you’ll be snacking on them and adding them to desserts as well as garnishing this drink with them.

candied-sage-old-fashioned

Once you get the candied sage leaves out of the way, it’s an easy but impressive autumn and winter cocktail. Find the recipe on Food52.

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