Girls Night: Blackberry + Sage Refresher from Jenny and Teri
Hi guys! When the awesome fellows of The Boys Club asked us to share a cocktail, we got really excited! We both love a good cocktail, and in the same way that farm-to-table cooking/dining has been making its mark throughout the restaurant industry, “scratch” cocktails seem to be making their rounds as well. It’s so exciting to walk into restaurants and see the crazy long lists of fun beverage concoctions that places have to offer. Seeing the different flavor combinations that the bartender/mixologist has created always intrigues us both. If we’re sitting at the bar, it’s always a treat for us to watch these talented folks assemble our libations before our very eyes.
The cocktail we have for you all today is our (very humble) homage to the amazing bartenders/ mixologists who turn mixing drinks into a true art form. We love using freshly muddled fruits and infusing herbs into our drinks, and although we’re more gin and bourbon gals than anything else, we decided to play around with Cachaca, a Brazilian liquor made from fermented sugarcane juice. I (Jenny) experienced Cachaca for the first time in Brazil about eight years ago. I ordered a classic Brazilian cocktail, a Caipirinha, which came served in a giant coconut and was one of the most refreshing drinks I have ever tasted. It was then that I became instantly hooked on Caipirinhas and Cachaca…but I digress!
The St. Germain liqueur (one of our girly confession favorites) adds just that extra hint of sweetness, without creating an overbearingly sweet beverage. So here we present to you our own “scratch” cocktail, the Blackberry and Sage Refresher! Enjoy! xx, Jenny and Teri
Blackberry and Sage Refresher
Yield: 8 drinks
Glassware: Old Fashioned glass
Tools: Saucepan, cocktail shaker
8 oz (240 ml) water
1 cup (220 g) sugar
6 fresh sage leaves, plus more for garnish
1 pint fresh blackberries, muddled and strained
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
8 oz (240 ml) St. Germain Liqueur (Elderflower Liqueur)
16 oz (480 ml) Cachaca (can substitute with a high quality vodka)
Diet tonic water
1. Place water and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add sage leaves, and cover, allowing the mixture to steep for about 2 hours. Strain.
2. In 2 batches, pour the fresh blackberry juice, lemon juice, sage simple syrup, St. Germain and Cachaca into a large cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
3. Shake mixture for 1 minute. Strain into glasses (preferably an Old Fashioned glass) filled with ice, and top each drink with a good splash of diet tonic water.
4. Garnish with fresh sage leaves and serve.