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A pair of Sagebrushes with their proud parents

Day 14, Cocktail 14   

Yesterday I posted the Sagebrush, a newly created recipe.  All day long today I just had this nagging feeling that I had rushed my post for it.  So when I got home after my Saturday Otto’s run for a few odds and ends for the Twilight Lounge I got to tinkering.  The result is the new and improved Sagebrush!  I replaced the ginger ale with a favorite of mine, Domain de Canton.  I also  added a pinch of kosher salt and a dash of Agnosturo bitters.  The addition of these two ingredients really helped to tie this cocktail together.  I do have to give a nod to Chad Doll for the inspiration to try the salt – see his post at   



  • 2 oz Cazadores tequila
  • 1/2 oz Domaine de Canton
  • 1-1/2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/8 oz bar syrup
  • 1 dash Agnosturo bitters
  • 2 sage leaves (for muddling)
  • sprig of sage (for garnish)


Fill a mixing glass with 1 oz crushed ice, 2 sage leaves and 1/8 oz of bar syrup.  Muddle thoroughly.  Add the Cazadores, Domaine de Canton and cranberry.  Stir vigourously to mix.  Strain into a rocks glass over 4-5 ice cubes.  Garnish with the sage sprig.   

This version comes together as a more complete cocktail with a smoother taste and more body than the original.  Give it a try!   


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.