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cherry gimlet cocktail with sage leaf and lime wheel garnish

Cherry Sage Gimlet

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Twist up your summer refresher with this Cherry Sage Gimlet featuring muddled fresh cherries and sage tincture to produce a lovely, sweet, aromatic gimlet that's fresh and enticing at the same time. The sage notes are subtle and understated and are almost mysterious underneath the lime, juniper and cherry ingredients.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine Gin cocktail
Servings 1


  • 2 oz Dry London gin
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 4 fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1 barspoon sage tincture or 4 large sage leaves torn
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Garnish: lime wheel and fresh sage leaf


  • Place fresh pitted cherries, simple syrup, and sage leaves (or sage tincture) in the bottom of a shaking tin and muddle well. Add gin, lime juice and ice and shake well, until the shaking tin is too cold to hold onto. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Before pouring, rub a sage leaf along the inside and rim of the glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and a fresh sage leaf. Cheers!


Sage Tincture:
Fill a ½ cup mason jar with fresh sage leaves and pour high proof alcohol over it (like Everclear). Let sit, shaking each day for 2-4 days, or until dark green and pungently sage in aroma and taste. Strain into a clean dropper bottle. Will keep indefinitely (it’s like bitters in that way).
Keyword cherry, chili lime, gimlet, gin, sage
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