Holy crap, you guys. Look at what I just got in the mail.
The fine, fine folks over at Art in the Age (AITA) were gracious enough to send me a bottle of this absolutely outstanding spirit since I can’t seem to find it anywhere here in Savannah just yet.
I was already a huge fan of Art in the Age before this whole experience. Snap and Root are an absolute fixture in this Savannah household, and I’ve raved about AITA’s wares before. I honestly didn’t think that it was possible that I’d like Sage better than my beloved Snap or Root…I’m such a fan of both that I figured Sage would be fantastic, but it might not quite live up.
Well it lived up, and then some. I think it’s the best thing that AITA has produced. They classify it as a “garden gin” which apparently means “gin on steroids.” Tasty, tasty steroids. I mean, just listen to this incredible list of ingredients:
Neutral Spirit, Elderberry, Pine, Black Tea, Rose, Dry Orange Peel, Cubeb, Angelica, Sage, Lavender, Spearmint, Dandelion, Thyme, Sumac, Rosemary, Licorice Root and Fennel
It’s fantastic for sipping – complex, intense, with an amazing fennel finish, all without being too in your face. I’m incredibly impressed.
And lordy, does it do well in a cocktail. I imagine there will be many Sage cocktails in this blog’s future, but for now, I think I really hit a home run with this first one.
Sour Sage Gimlet
*3 parts Sage
*1 part St. Germain
*2 parts fresh-squeezed lemon juice
*1 part Simple & Spicy (click on the link for the easy recipe)
Shake that all up with a few cubes of ice and you’ll be in Sage heaven. I was almost going to call this “Saged to Perfection” but ultimately, I didn’t think that a terrible play on words did this drink – and Sage – the justice it deserves.
Now, I know some of you purists out there are going to make the note that a gimlet technically is made with lime juice. But I found that lemon juice works better here, and I’m sticking to my guns.
Anyway, try it. It’s really terrific. And dammit, go out and buy some Art in the Age spirits! I cannot recommend them highly enough. Special thanks to Allison from Quaker City Mercantile – the company behind AITA. She really went out of her way to be accommodating and all around awesome when I asked for a Sage sample. I loved AITA before, and now I basically won’t be shutting up about how fantastic the company is for a long long time. So please support them!
Until next time folks.