“This nightcap plays with the unbeatable aromatic combination of sage and Averna, lightened up by the addition of cucumber,” says Proof bartender Karli Sandos of this Boulevardier riff.
1½ oz. rye whiskey
½ oz. Averna
¾ oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes sage tincture
3 cucumber slices
Tools: mixing glass, muddler, barspoon, strainer, fine strainer
Garnish: disciplined sage leaf
In a mixing glass, muddle the cucumber slices. Add the remaining ingredients with ice and stir. Double strain into chilled coupe and garnish.
Sage Tincture: Chiffonade 12 sage leaves and add to 1 cup of high-proof spirit (Proof uses Plymouth Navy Strength gin). Rest for 18 to 24 hours, add one cup water and strain.
Karli Sandos, Proof, Des Moines, Iowa
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