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Sage Woodstock

Sage Woodstock

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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Hands On 15 mins
  • Total Time 2 hrs

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This festive gin cocktail gets its sweet-tart flavor from maple syrup and Meyer lemon juice. The recipe comes from the Chowgirls Killer Catering cookbook. Feeling fancy? Garnish each glass with a sage leaf or, at the holidays, sugared cranberries.


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 5 whole leaves fresh sage
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups Meyer lemon juice* (about 12 lemons), strained
  • 3 cups gin
  • Meyer lemon peel strips


  1. For cocktail base: In a medium saucepan, bring the water to boiling. Add sage; simmer until liquid is reduced by half, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat; remove and discard sage. Stir in maple syrup. Set aside to cool. When cool, stir in lemon juice.
  2. To prepare cocktails: Add 1/4 cup cocktail base and 1/4 cup gin to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until very cold. Strain and pour into a glass. Twist lemon peel over cocktail to extract essential oil, then drop into drink. (Or, to serve as a pitcher drink: Combine all of the cocktail base and gin in a pitcher. Chill, covered, until serving time. Serve over ice, if desired, garnished with lemon twists as described above.


  • *Shopping tip Available in winter and early spring, Meyer lemons are a hybrid of oranges and lemons. You can substitute 3/4 cup orange juice and 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts

(Sage Woodstock)

Servings Per Recipe 12, iron (mg) 0, vit. C (mg) 12, chol. (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, fiber (g) 0, sodium (mg) 4, sugar (g) 13, Potassium (mg) 75, pro. (g) 0, calcium (mg) 23, sat. fat (g) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, carb. (g) 15, Niacin (mg) 0, Monounsaturated fat (g) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Folate (µg) 6, cal. (kcal) 186, vit. A (IU) 2, Fat, total (g) 0

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