These Sage Gin Martinis are going to be shaking up your cocktail hour this weekend – in magical cocktail form!
So by now you guys know I’m all about the garnish. A cocktail isn’t really a proper cocktail in my opinion unless it has a good garnish.
I’m not sure how I got into that, I used to just grab my shaker and head into the kitchen with a bunch of booze to see what I could mix up. But now I need to it look good and also taste good.
And that’s where the garnish comes in. Like with this Champagne Mule or this Black Barrel Tequila Smash. I mean who wouldn’t want that served up to them? Like having the right glass I think having the right garnish makes the drink taste better too.
But for this Sage Gin Martini it’s not as much about the garnish as it is about the foam on top of the drink. It’s an egg white – don’t freak out – just use pasteurized eggs if you’re really concerned. But I just grabbed whatever eggs I had in the fridge, don’t think they were pasteurized and Im still here. And I have a good drink to show for it.
The cool thing about this drink is that you add everything all at once to the shaker. You don’t have to float anything on top with the back of a spoon like in this Nutty Irishman – just shake it all up.
Then when you pour it out the foam automatically rises to the top. Like magic.
Cocktail magic is what’s happening right now…
The only thing you need to get done ahead of time for this drink is the simple syrup. All simple syrup is made of is equal parts water and sugar, boiled until the sugar is dissolved and clear. For this recipe we’re going to infuse a few fresh sage leaves into the syrup while it’s boiling…it gives this martini crazy good flavor so you’re not going to want to skip this step.
The other thing you need to remember to make this drink amazing is to grab a good quality gin like Tanqueray. I always have a bottle of Tanqueray on hand for a summer time gin and tonic, but just remember that it makes a great martini too!
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- 1½ ounce Tanqueray Gin
- ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
- 4 fresh sage leaves (3 for simple syrup and 1 for garnish)
- 1 ounce sage infused simple syrup
- 1 egg white
- In a small pan, bring a ½ cup of water and a half cup of sugar to a boil.
- Add the sage leaves and stir.
- Let simmer until the sugar completely dissolves, then remove from the heat and cool.
- In a cocktail shaker, add the gin, the lemon juice, the simple syrup, the egg white and shake very well.
- Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a sage leaf.