While your guest list is important to help make a party great, the food and drinks you serve are important too. Why not make some special holiday cocktails to serve your guests this year? This sage and blackberry martini is a delicious libation that has all the flavors and colors of the season. And this recipe works great for making up a large batch of the cocktail so that you can sit back and enjoy the party too.
Not like there’s any real season for martini’s, but it seems like there are more martini recipes floating around this time of year. Maybe it’s because martini recipes allow you to mix up some of our favorite flavors in a glass like on other cocktail can. Yes, I fully understand that just because something is served in a martini glass does not make it a martini. But since doing that is about as common as calling a facial tissue a Kleenex, that’s what I’m going with. If you don’t like it, please feel free to bitch about it in the comments section.
You all know I really like cocktail recipes that contain fresh ingredients, be it fruit or herbs, this Thanksgiving cocktail hits all the right spots because it has both. And sage is one of those herbs that really gets the focus this time of year. So why relegate to just serving it in the stuffing? It’s perfectly at home in this Thanksgiving cocktail.
This blackberry martini definitely fits in with the holiday cocktails because of its super intense purple color. Probably not the greatest compliment to your light colored clothes or tablecloths, but strikingly beautiful in the glass. And because this is the holiday, make sure you don’t skimp on the garnishes. This little blackberry martini looks dressed to the nines when topped with an orange slice and a fresh blackberry. (Both of which are plentiful this time of year in the markets.)
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Recipe: Sage and Blackberry Martini
Sage and Blackberry Martini
- 1 1/2 Ounces Vodka
- 1/2 Ounce Cointreau
- 1 Ounce Sage Simple Syrup
- 6 Blackberries (more for garnish)
- Orange Slices
- 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.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
Recipe by Pamela Braun.