March 30, 2021In Cocktails

The Sage Margarita.

Living in New Mexico, variations on the margarita are innumerable. There is one restaurant in town that has a list of well over 100 different margaritas. Margaritas in New Mexico generally are not that sweet, and often have no sugar/agave syrup added. On more than one occasion we’ve been in restaurants and listened to a server attempt to politely explain this to tourists who are used to over-sweetened drinks. At our favorite restaurant, the blender is perpetually “broken” when a visitor asks for a frozen margarita. While I concocted this one myself and would like to say this recipe is my own, I’m sure somebody, somewhere has already done it.

Sage Margarita Recipe

  • 2 ½ oz Reposado Tequila (I like Herradura for this recipe)
  • ¾ oz Elderflower Liquor (such as St. Germaine)
  • ¾ oz lemon juice (lime works as well, but I think the lemon mixes better with the Elderflower)
  • 4 large fresh culinary sage leaves
  • 4 dashes Dram Mountain Sage Bitters
  • Kosher salt for rim

Gently muddle 3 sage leaves and bitters in a shaker. Don’t macerate them, just smash them a little. You don’t want bits of sage leaf in the drink it will be too bitter and earthy. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Rim glass with a lemon wedge then coat with salt. Garnish with remaining sage leaf. We prefer this one up. #CocktailAdventCalendar