In another life, I would have loved to pursue graphic design. I hardly know anything about it, but I am a sucker for beautiful branding. I remember watching the documentary Helvetica in college and being completely enthralled. Clean typography makes my heart melt. I am in love with Anthropologie‘s whimsical marketing. Cookbooks with ample white space and simple, rustic photos… I just can’t get enough.
When I first found out about Art in the Age‘s organic spirits line (via Joy the Baker), I knew it was only a matter of time before I tracked down one of their liqueurs to call my own. The appearance of the bottle takes my breath away. The sharp label, the quirky handrawn-like tag telling the backstory… it’s too much!
Art in the Age currently makes four different spirits: ROOT, SNAP, RHUBARB, and SAGE. Joy has written a few times about SNAP, which apparently tastes like ginger snap and sounds just incredible. I was intrigued by SAGE, a gin-like spirit — though not technically a gin since it does not include juniper berries. The smell of sage always makes me think of Christmas and the holidays. Art in the Age’s SAGE is modeled after the plants in Thomas Jefferson’s garden! I was very excited to find a bottle at Potomac Wines and Spirits in Georgetown.
We hosted our bible study for a Christmas Cocktail Party a few weeks ago and tasked each couple with bringing a pitcher of their favorite cocktail — and then we all voted on the best one. There was quite a range of drinks! A Trump wine cocktail (50% sparkling, 50% dessert wine), a “Beergria” (exactly what is sounds like!), a mulled cider Manhattan with bourbon, Winter Sangria, and our cocktail, a Rosemary Sage Fizz.
I wanted to share the Rosemary Sage Fizz with you today, because I think it is the perfect Christmas to New Year’s transition drink. You have the winter forest notes with the rosemary and sage flavors, along with some bubbles of celebration! We tried SAGE in a few different cocktail recipes before the party, and this one was our absolute favorite. (I’ll also mention that it won the contest!)
This beautiful drink involves homemade rosemary simple syrup, SAGE liqueur, Prosecco (yay!), fresh lemon juice, and garnishes of lemon slices and rosemary. I have been intimidated by making simple syrup in the past, but it is actually not hard at all and makes quite the difference in cocktails. I’m hooked, and want to try making simple syrup everything now.
If you don’t have the desire to buy SAGE liqueur, try making this with regular gin. I wonder what the drink would taste like if you used a standard gin along with a fresh rosemary and sage simple syrup. It’s worth a try!