Sunset Sage Margarita Recipe

  Mexican Beverage

1 fresh sage leaf
1 1/2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce Cointreau, Triple Sec, or Grand Marnier
1/2 ounce cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Fresh sage leaf for garnish

Simple Syrup:
4 cups sugar
4 cups water

Crush the sage leaf and drop into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice, then measure in the remaining liquid ingredients. Cap and shake vigorously until very cold.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and float a fresh sage leaf for garnish.

For simple syrup:
Combine the sugar and water in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Bottle and store at room temperature until needed. Keeps indefinitely.
Makes 1 drink. Simple syrup is also available at bar supply stores.
The margarita goes high fashion with this elegant presentation. Fresh sage is a natural with the dusty flavor of tequila, and I recommend using reposado tequila, such as El Tosoro, for this drink.

Sunset Sage Margarita

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