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.

Makes 1 drink. Simple syrup is also available at bar supply stores.

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Submitted 12/31/06.
Source: Kathy Casey's Northwest Table from Chronicle Books
Submitted By: b smith

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