Here’s a Gin Sage Martini that’s so delicious I bet you’ll make yourself a second one… I did!
It’s been well documented here that I’m a vodka drinker. My husband, however, drinks gin martinis, dirty, up. I just can’t do that…yet. In my quest to expand my horizons I’ve made a few drinks in the past with gin that I truly enjoyed like the Nectarine Thyme Martini and the Cranberry Thyme Cocktail. I love thyme simple syrups in my cocktails and was excited to try a martini with sage simple syrup.
When Azzurre Spirits sent me a bottle of their newly released ultra premium gin, I knew I wanted to create some kind of gin martini that I liked so much I’d want to drink a second one. I succeeded in doing that with this sexy little number. Now, I could never describe the gin so eloquently and do it the justice it deserves so I wanted to share with you the tasting notes from Azzurre: “Smooth and silky, with juniper, mandarin peel, and violet/rose on the nose. A nod to the Mediterranean with citrus, sweet basil, lavender, and a warm, pink peppercorn finish” Doesn’t that sound beautiful? I wish I came up with that! Let me just add that my gin aficionado husband drank the gin and agreed it was smooth and silky and enjoyed the freshness of the botanicals. Me? I’m not so much an expert on gin to be able to describe it well, so I’ll just say it made one delicious cocktail!!!
I was inspired to make this martini from my memory of one I had a while back that was so frothy and delicious. It had an egg white and some sort of green herb, but I can’t remember exactly. No, not because I drank one too many, just because I really don’t remember what else the menu said was in it. I wanted to create a gin martini that would highlight the botanicals of the spirit, yet still be smooth and delicious, with just a bit of sweetness, cuz that’s how I like my drinks!
This Gin Sage Martini is not complicated to make. I made a simple syrup with some fresh sage leaves and used an egg white to get the froth. A bit of lemon juice to balance it out and that was it. I discovered it worked best to get the layer of frothy egg white on top if you add the egg white last, then shake the ingredients well in a shaker without ice, then add ice and shake again. But if you don’t care about the layer, then go ahead and shake it all at once! Cheers!
- 1 shot gin (I used Azzurre)
- ½ shot sage simple syrup
- ½ small lemon, juiced (only need about ¼ shot)
- 1 egg white
- ½ C. sugar
- ½ C. water
- 6 sage leaves
- Combine sugar, water and sage leaves in small saucepan. Bring to boil, remove from heat and let cool. I muddled the sage leaves while it was coming to a boil.
- Combine gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and egg white in cocktail shaker WITHOUT ice. Shake well. Then add ice and shake again to chill the cocktail. Strain into martini glass.
- Garnish with sage leaf.
Disclosure: While I received a bottle of Azzurre Gin to enjoy, all opinions, pictures and recipe are my own.