This is the first cocktail I've tried with bacon involved – but it definitely won't be the last. This brilliant Honey Sage Gin Fizz, dreamed up by Jessica of How Sweet It Is, melds the delicate sweetness of honey with savory sage. Together, they intermingle perfectly with the herbal notes of gin, creating a balanced, calming flavor profile.
It's also completely gorgeous, as you can tell from the photos (they're Jessica's, not mine).
I picture this being the perfect drink for a totally impressive pre-dinner cocktail hour with friends, or for a fall evening soirée. Try it and see what you think!
What You Need
3 oz gin
1/2 oz honey sage syrup (recipe below)
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
5 oz club soda
fresh sage leaves, for garnish
For Honey Sage Syrup:
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
5-6 fresh sage leaves
For Smoked Bacon Rim:
Fine smoked sea salt
Finely crumbled bacon
Read on below for the directions!
How to Make It
1. Honey Sage Syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine honey, water, and 5 to 6 fresh sage leaves. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce to low heat, and continue to stir until all the honey has dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature and remove sage leaves before using or storing.
2. Smoked Bacon Rim:
Combine crumbled bacon and salt on a small plate, mixing well. Rub a drop of honey over 1/4 of the rim of each serving glass, then dip this in the bacon-salt mixture. I recommend only doing 1/4 of the rim, because otherwise the bacon flavor overpowers the honey and sage.
Add some ice cubes and a few fresh sage leaves to each glass, then add gin, 1/2 oz of honey sage syrup, and lime juice. Top with club soda and stir well. If you like a sweeter drink, add another 1/2 oz of syrup.
Serve immediately and enjoy!