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Tequila and Sage Smash

Unlike most drinks that rely on very precise measurements, “a smash lets you feel your way around the drink,” says San Francisco bartender Erik Adkins. The amount of honey syrup you use will depend on the size and acidity of the lemons. “This cocktail should be rich with a strong midpalate, not bright and tart like a sour.”

1/2 lemon, cut into wedges
6 fresh sage leaves
2 oz. añejo tequila
3/4 oz. honey syrup (equal parts hot water and honey)
Ice cubes
Tools: shaker, muddler, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: spanked sage bouquet

Muddle the lemon in the bottom of a shaker. Add sage and gently muddle. Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake. Double strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Erik Adkins, Heaven’s Dog, San Francisco




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