Holiday Cocktails: Blackberry Sage Martini
Do you hear that noise? That high pitch screeching kind of a noise? Are you wondering what it is? It’s the thousands of people screaming at the top of their lungs that they can’t get all of their baking, shopping and partying done before December 25th gets here.
That was pretty much me, last week. I’m off to the outlaws next week, so I actually lost a week out of my December. I figured it all out though. Not as much candy making, not as much shopping and a whole lot of cocktailing (What? It definitely helps.).
One of my little holiday cocktails (if it happens in November or December it’s called holiday ________.) just happened to be a little martini. Ok, you busted me, I’ve had a couple of new martini recipes lately. But hey, the holiday season is a long one and I shared them with you didn’t I? There was the peach bourbon martini and peanut butter martini to name a couple of them.
But as far as my martini recipes lately are concerned, this blackberry sage martini is one that won’t have to be relegated to the final three month of the year. Since I really like cocktail recipes that contain fresh ingredients, be it fruit or herbs, this one hits all the right spots because it has both. And although sage is most commonly thought of this time of year, it’s actually available year round. (Hint, this is a great herb to grow in your herb pots both indoors and out.)
Most of my cocktail recipes lately have been a bit on the beigey brown side. But this one definitely fits in with the holiday cocktails because it’s a super intense purple color. Not good for cream colored clothes, but strikingly beautiful in the glass. And because this is the holiday, make sure you don’t skimp on the garnishes. This little martini looks dressed to the nines when topped with an orange wedge and a fresh blackberry. (Both of which are plentiful this time of year in the markets.)
We tend to talk about our sex lives to our friends. Oh, and I’m not just talking about women…men do it too. Since I heard from so many people that they liked my Venn diagram so much, I thought I’d give you another chart. I stumbled upon this one at The Frisky and was howling with laughter. In it, they lay out what those sexual attractiveness numbers mean in real life. The only thing that I think I would do differently, is equate each number with a person. For example, my number 10 person would be George Clooney. Who would your numbers be? I won’t tell.
Blackberry Sage Martini Recipe
- 1 1/2 Ounces Vodka
- 1/2 Ounce Cointreau
- 1 Ounce Sage Simple Syrup
- 6 Blackberries (more for garnish)
- Orange Slices
Sage Simple Syrup Recipe
Makes approximately 3/4 cup
- 2 Sprigs of Sage
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Water
Directions for Sage Simple Syrup
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
Over medium heat, stir and dissolve sugar. Do not boil.
Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let cool.
Once cooled, strain simple syrup and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Directions for Blackberry Sage Martini
Add blackberries to a drink shaker and muddle them.
Fill shaker with ice.
Add remaining ingredients to shaker. Cover and shake until thoroughly mixed.
Strain drink into a fine strainer (to remove extra pulp and seeds).
Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an orange and blackberry.
*If you would like an even stronger blackberry flavor, use a blackberry flavored vodka like Chambord vodka.