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.
- 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.
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