Sage Julep - LimoncelloQuest

The Mint Julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby for over a hundred years. Some would call that "tradition" but I call it long overdue for a change!

Sage is obviously a wiser herb than mint and limoncello is the duct tape of mixology, it fixes everything. Ginger gives it an unexpected zing that you won't soon forget. It all adds up to a huge improvement over that dumb old mint julep. 

The Sage Julep - A fresh Herb and Bourbon Cocktail from LimoncelloQuest

This drink does have more steps and ingredients than a mint julep, but even those hailing from Kentucky should still be able to assemble it. (Editor's note - he's originally from just over the border in Ohio, so this qualifies as "good-natured ribbing.")

Sage Julep
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Servings: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 1 handful Fresh sage leaves
  • 1 2" piece Fresh ginger, diced into 1/4" cubes
  • 2.5 oz Limoncello
  • 1.25 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Simple syrup
  • 1 oz Lemon juice
  • 1 leaf Sage (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle sage leaves and ginger until well broken down

  2. Add limoncello, bourbon, simple syrup and lemon juice to shaker with ice

  3. Shake vigorously

  4. Strain into a glass over ice, garnish with sage

The Sage Julep - A fresh Herb and Bourbon Cocktail from LimoncelloQuest

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