August 24, 2010 (Day 206) — Sage Margarita
An unseasonable chill swept into town overnight. Jenn and I were up at 5:30 a.m. as usual, taking the goofy ass dog on a walk in the pouring rain. It’s surprising how much a driving, chilled rain can wake you up and prepare you for the day ahead.
The day then moved along until it was a beautiful, crisp, fall-like day. Since we’ve been on a fall drink run lately, I thought something equally fall like would be perfect. I was pleased to discover that inocente Tequila won a gold at the Spirit of Mexico award! Inocente is one of the few tequilas that I actually actively enjoy drinking. It feels like fall, I’ve got some sage. Holy hell, there’s a Sage Margarita?! SCORE!
3 sage leaves
2 oz blanco tequila (inocente)
1 oz orange liqueur
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/8 oz Simple Syrup
Place two of your three leaves in a cocktail shaker, then fill with ice. Top with your tequila, liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup. Cover and shake thoroughly until your drink is mixed and you’ve muddled the sage in a round about way.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnish with your third sage leaf.
This is delicious. Sage is an incredibly powerful herb, so you have to be careful when using it. However, the smoothness of the tequila, the sweetness of the liqueur, bite of lime and sweetness of the simple syrup is perfect. I would challenge it among the best margaritas I’ve ever had.