Tequila and Sage Smash

Tequila Sage Smash_CRDT StuUnlike most drinks that rely on 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 depends on the size and acidity of the lemons. “The 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)
Tools: shaker, muddler, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: sage bouquet

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

Erik Adkins for Heaven’s Dog, San Francisco