Muddled sage leaves echo the herbaceous flavors of gin and the astringency of grapefruit in this elegant cocktail.
6 medium sage leaves
1/4 or one large lemon, cut into 2 wedges
2 teaspoons sugar
4 ounces gin
4 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
2 twists of grapefruit peel for garnish
1. Put the sage leaves, lemon wedges, and sugar in a cocktail shaker and crush them together with about a dozen determined strokes of a cocktail muddler or the end of a slender rolling pin or wooden spoon.
2. Add the gin, grapefruit juice, and a large scoop of ice cubes. Cap and shake vigorously.
3. Strain into 2 martini glasses and garnish with the grapefruit peel twists.
Excerpted from The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Fragrance and Flavor by Jerry Traunfeld (Morrow Cookbooks, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2005). © 2005 by Jerry Traunfeld. Used with permission.
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