I’ve been dreaming up this drink for a while…I had to wait for the most perfect deep red rhubarb of the season and the pineapple sage in my garden had to grow. I made the rhubarb sage simple syrup yesterday and let it steep for 24hrs. I love all the steps it takes to create a delicious cocktail before the actual construction of the drink itself. The initial inspiration, vision & excitement, planning & prepping, collecting the ingredients & tools and then finally the execution. You never know if it will turn out as good as you had hoped or if it will turn out even better (or worse). I have to say, for me, the satisfaction of realizing and carrying out a vision from start to finish and having it turn out better than you expected is one of my favourite aspects of mixology.
1.5 oz vodka
3/4 oz Lemon juice
1 oz Rhubarb pineapple sage syrup
A few dashes of Bittered Sling Lem-Marrakech bitters
Muddle cucumber and sage with lemon juice in the shaker glass. Slap the sage a couple of times before muddling to release it’s aroma. Add vodka, syrup and bitters. Shake what your mama gave you! Pour over ice and top with soda. Give it a stir. Garnish with long rhubarb & cucumber slices, and a sprig of sage. Cheers!!