The Elder Sage (Gin and Elderflower Cocktail)

by Ian Wickman


The Elder Sage (Gin and Elderflower Cocktail)

This is one you're going to pull out again and again. Such a lovely, light, refreshing combination. A little less alcohol (slightly) than most of my drinks but that's probably good because you can sip this herbal, slightly tart, with an AMAZING one-two punch of elderflower and grapefruit aroma ALL DAY LONG.
Keyword gin and elderflower cocktail
Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Author Ian Wickman


  • 1 oz gin (I used Cutler's an amazing local gin)
  • 3/4 oz St Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • 1 1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3 each sage leaves (of regular sage, I actually used a California native sage and the leaves are smaller so I used a sprig, which has about 10 smaller leaves on it)


  • Add all the ingredients to a shaker. Muddle the sage thoroughly and let sit a minute.
  • Add ice to the shaker and shake for 15 - 20 seconds and strain into a chilled coupe, or if you're going to be outside and worried about your cocktail warming up, shake for about 5 - 10 seconds and strain into a rocks glass with  a large cube of ice. 
  • Garnish with a sage leaf, twist of grapefruit, or if you have some of these stunning sage blossoms let nature's garnish game shine! 


So, I may have a problem with this combination, gin and elderflower cocktail... plus sage. I think I literally can drink this combination in whatever different amounts, different juices, or spritz you throw at me and enjoy it every time. This is one we keep coming back to again and again. For another variation on the theme try my Wise Beekeeper (with Sloe gin for a nice hint of honey).

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