The Fifth Element
The star of this classy cocktail is a chamomile-infused syrup with a hint of fresh sage. The subtle flavors of sweet, floral chamomile and warm, fragrant sage are the perfect match for the herbal notes in a gin-based martini. Many thanks to the creative mixologists at the community-based restaurant The Kitchen in Boulder, CO for this sophisticated tea-infused sip.
Submitted by The Kitchen, a community-based food restaurant in Boulder, CO.
Makes 2 cocktails
For chamomile sage syrup:
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 5 tea bags Teatulia® Chamomile Herbal Tea
- 6 fresh sage leaves, torn into pieces
- 2 oz. Spirit Hound Gin
- 2 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
- 1 oz. chamomile sage syrup
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- Fresh sage leaves for garnish
For chamomile sage syrup: Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Let syrup cool to room temperature. Add chamomile and sage, cover, and let steep overnight. Strain syrup into a re-sealable container and discard chamomile and sage. Refrigerate syrup and use within one month. Use to sweeten cocktails or iced tea. (Makes about 1 cup.)
For cocktails: Combine all ingredients except sage leaves in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake well and strain into two martini glasses. Float a fresh sage leaf on each drink for garnish.