4 oz. apple cider
1 oz. sage and juniper syrup (see below)
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
Sage and juniper syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
5 fresh sage leaves
10 juniper berries
To make the syrup: Combine the sugar, water, sage and juniper berries in a saucepan. Heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally, and let sit 10 minutes before straining into a glass container. Keep refrigerated for up to a month.
To make the drinks: In a cocktail shaker, combine the cider, syrup, lemon juice and ice, and shake briefly. Strain into four ice-filled glasses and top with ginger beer; stir.
“Da bomb! Manifold and manly—like its name.”
“At last—a mocktail for adults: subtle, questioning and complex.”
Many thanks to sober bartender Janelle Best for mixing the drinks, and to her boss Felice Kirby, owner of Teddy's Bar and Grill in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, who helped Janelle brainstorm a few of these recipes. And thanks to writer Sue Smith for the billboard photo for this story.
Hunter R. Slaton is the Rehab Review editor for The Fix.