This is an original cocktail by Chef Ming Tsai. He is one of my favorite celebrity chefs and you can watch him on PBS Television on his show “Simply Ming”. He usually opens his show with a cocktail and a guest chef and its a great idea. After all, he has a guest, they are hosting, might as well start with a drink. I love mixing a cocktail when I start cooking. He recommends the best gin you can afford for this recipe. For me that is a no brainer. Farmer’s Gin has been a favorite for years because of the lemongrass notes, it is one of those gins you can drink chilled without any vermouth or mixers, and it is not even all that expensive at about $30/bottle.
- 2 ounces (60ml) of your favorite gin (I prefer Farmer’s Gin which is my favorite)
- 3/4 ounce (20ml) sage infusion
- 3/4 ounce (20ml) fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce (15ml) honey syrup
- 1 drop bitters (Angostura, Fee’s Orange or even Lemon)
- Club soda to top off
- 1 Sage leaf for garnish
Sage Infusion: Simply take about a dozen sage leaves and put them in a small bottle and fill with vodka. I did not want to use a whole bottle of vodka on something that I might not like. So I put the sage leaves in a 200ml glass bottle and filled with vodka and kept it in the fridge for a few days, shaking it every day or every other day. The original recipe calls for it to sit for 27 days, but who wants to wait a month for a cocktail? Not me. After a few days you will see the clear vodka turn brownish. This means the flavor is there. I will keep it in there for another 2-3 weeks to see if the results are better or just way too “sagey”.
Honey Syrup: Again, very easy, just use 50% hot water, 50% honey, dissolve honey in hot water, bottle the rest.
Mix all ingredients together, top off with club soda if you wish (but not a lot), garnish with a fresh sage leaf and serve!