SAGE is one of 4 small-batch liquors that Philadelphia-based Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction produces, including ROOT, SNAP, and RHUBARB liqueurs as well. SAGE is a tough one to categorize, as it’s basically a juniper-less, sage-heavy gin, a base for a more herbal martini maybe.
SAGE, then, is a unique bottle for your home bar. If gin is not a liquor you enjoy, SAGE may give you a fresh-tasting and suitable alternative. For gin lovers, SAGE has a pretty distinct flavor, so give it a taste and let me know what you think. I used SAGE in this cocktail, which is a refreshing sipper for a spring garden party:
In Bloom (by Greg Mays)
- 2 oz SAGE
- 1/2 oz Royal Rose: Rose Syrup
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- garnish with a lemon wedge
Sage is great – the only problem is that it is hard to acquire. I have encouraged several bars in the Vail Valley (CO) to get ahold of it – all without success. I can ship it to my residence in Vail – but not to Dallas!
Like everything, we have to deal with the dreaded “distributor” (thanks, prohibition!). Can you get Root or Snap?