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Sage & Lemon Gin Martinis

Sage & Lemon Gin Martinis

  • Yield: 2 martinis, with extra syrup (easily multiplied) 1x



For the Lemon-Sage Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 8 fresh sage leaves

For the Martinis:

  • Sugar, for rimming the glasses
  • ½ cup gin (or vodka)
  • 24 tablespoons of the syrup (to taste)
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • Lemon twists, for garnish
  • Sage leaves, for garnish


For the Syrup:

  1. Combine the water and sugar in a sauce pot and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Add the lemon juice, zest, and sage leaves and simmer for a minute or two.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the zest and sage to steep in the syrup until it cools to room temperature.
  4. Strain out the zest and sage and store the cooled syrup in the fridge until you are ready to use.

For the Martinis:

  1. Run a lemon wedge around the rims of two chilled martini glasses. Dip the rims in sugar to coat.
  2. To a shaker filled with ice, add the gin/vodka, syrup, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds to thoroughly mix and chill the ingredients.
  3. Pour the mixture into the two glasses and garnish each with a lemon twist and a sage leaf. Enjoy immediately.