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Tell-Tale Heart: An Herbal Vodka Collins

Tell-Tale Heart sage vodka cocktail

Cool down with this sparkling Collins.

A bright, summery twist on a refreshing Vodka Collins.


  • 1 3/4 oz. vodka
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. sage syrup
  • 1/4 oz. Dimmi Liquore di Milano (or substitute Cocchi Americano and a dash of peach bitters)
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 2 oz. chilled dry sparkling wine
  • Tools:shaker, strainer, fine strainer
  • Glass:collins
  • Garnish:fresh sage leaves and a skewered maraschino cherry


Shake the first 5 ingredients with ice, then double strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling wine and garnish.

Sage SyrupRoughly chop 24 grams of fresh sage leaves and add to a pot with 24 oz. of water. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and allow leaves to steep for 1 hour. Strain out the leaves using a coffee filter, then add an equal weight of cane sugar and stir to dissolve. Bottle and refrigerate for use within 2 weeks.

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