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Day 13, Cocktail 13

This seems to be the Cinco de Mayo that won’t end.  Yesterday we went to a Sies de Mayo party at Dennis and Andrea’s house.  It was a bit cool, but the chiminea had a nice fire in it and the margaritas and Patron shots kept us warm!

Since Cinco ended up being a week long affair, I thought I’d take one more stab at a tequila drink tonight.  I started off with a Tequila Diablo.  This is a nice drink that I picked up from my friend and neighbor Mark Colclasure last summer.  It consists of tequila, cranberry juice and ginger ale.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember the exact ratios so I was messing around with it down in the Twilight Lounge while watching an episode of “Great Cocktails” on the DVR.  In a quick cameo, one of the expert bartenders mentioned using herbs in her cocktails and specifically said that sage and tequila was a good pairing.  Hmmm, I’ve got some fresh sage already growing outside in the herb garden…why not give it a whirl?

The result is what I call the Sagebrush.  It is a blend of tequila, muddled sage, bar syrup, cranberry and ginger ale.  It gives a very subtle mix of flavors with the tequila, sage and ginger all blending to provide a refreshing and different flavor.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!


  • 2 oz Cazadores tequila
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 sage leaf for muddling
  • 1/8 oz bar syrup
  • ginger ale
  • sage spring for garnish


In a mixing glass muddle the sage leaf with the bar syrup and about 1 oz of crushed ice.  Add the tequila and cranberry juice and mix thoroughly.  Strain into a rocks glass filled with 4-5 ice cubes.  Top with ginger ale and garnish with the sprig of sage.


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