Spring Break Cocktail
About Sage 'Pineapple'
Not only is sage a great addition to recipes, but it's also an attractive plant in the garden. In summer and early fall, sage produces tall stalks of blooms ('Pineapple' blooms are pink) that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. It can grow 3 to 4 feet tall and wide, so give it ample room in the garden or harvest regularly to keep it small. In our region (USDA zone 7), sage is generally an annual plant, but long-lasting (until the frost in the fall, which is generally mid-November). Sage prefers dryer conditions. For best results, plant in full sun and in well-draining soil, like Pike Vegetable & Flower Soil. Water regularly for the first couple of months while the plant establishes its root; after that, sage is water-wise and only needs supplemental watering during extended dry spells. Fertilize monthly with Dr. Earth Homegrown organic fertilizer for tomatoes, vegetables, and herbs.
- Pour a couple of ounces of club soda into a cup, then add a pineapple slice and a little juice. Set aside so the pineapple can flavor the soda.
- Gently muddle 6 of the sage leaves. You can muddle them in your cocktail shaker with a muddler tool, or use a mortar and pestle then transfer the sage to the shaker.
- In the shaker with the sage, squeeze the quarter of lime then drop it in. Add the rum (Dominican dry amber rum will play off the fruit while not making the drink too sweet). Add ice and shake to blend flavors.
- Add ice to an old fashioned glass. Strain the drink to the glass. Add the club soda to the glass, holding back the pineapple slice. Add a splash of pineapple nectar (or juice from the can of sliced pineapples) to sweeten as desired.
- Float the pineapple slice on top and garnish with the last sage leaf, gently pinched to release its aroma.
- Buen provecho!
- 7 Sage 'Pineapple' leaves
- 3 ounces of amber rum (2 shots)
- 1 slice of pineapple
- 1/4 of a lime
- 2 ounces of club soda
- Pineapple nectar, to taste
Other Tools Needed
- Cocktail shaker
- Shot glass
- Muddler or mortar and pestle
- Old fashion glass
- Extra cup