It’s Holiday Cocktails Time: A Sage Blackberry Martini

by Pamela

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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
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

  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat, stir and dissolve sugar. Do not boil.
  3. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Once cooled, strain simple syrup and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Directions for Blackberry Sage Martini

  1. Add blackberries to a drink shaker and muddle them.
  2. Fill shaker with ice.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to shaker. Cover and shake until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Strain drink into a fine strainer (to remove extra pulp and seeds).
  5. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an orange and blackberry.

Quick notes

If you would like an even stronger blackberry flavor, use a blackberry flavored vodka like Chambord vodka.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Recipe by Pamela Braun.[/print_this]

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DessertForTwo November 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Ok, I’m here to bitch about you calling this a martini.

Juuuuust kidding. I was just worried you were missing having a bitchy commenter! 😉

I have an extra handful of sage on the counter. Now I can add booze and call it fancy! yay!

Pamela November 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

LOL Christina!

Booze away…no sense in wasting some perfectly good sage now is there? 😉

Liz December 8, 2012 at 3:45 am

Thank you so much for the beautiful cocktail recipe. I’m making it tonight for my annual holiday dinner party with friends. This year’s theme is Roaring Twenties, and while this is definitely not a prohibition cocktail, it looks delicious and this crowd are NOT gin or bourbon drinkers…I think everyone will love one of these to kick off the evening. 🙂

Pamela December 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Thanks Liz.

I hope you have a great party! The Roaring Twenties theme sounds fantastic…flapper dresses and suits. How Fun! CHEERS!!!!

Cathy @ Savory Notes November 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

I love the addition of herbs to cocktails. I’ll have to try this combination soon!

Pamela November 11, 2012 at 5:55 am

Hi Cathy,

The sage is subtle in this one, since it can be so overpowering, but it makes big difference in the flavor.

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