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Recipe: Sage Gin Martini

We were recently trying to think of ways to use the abundance of herbs in our garden, when one of the team suggested making cocktails! Many, many tastings later, we whittled it down to a menu of 6 delicious martinis – each themed around a different botanical. This sage gin martini was one of your favourites, so we are delighted to share our recipe with you – perfect for a summer tipple in the garden, or for serving up at a dinner party.

We hope this will inspire you to create cocktails using the herbs found in your own garden!

How to make a sage gin martini


  • 50ml Gin (we used Tanqueray)
  • 40ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 x Handful of Sage Leaves
  • Ice for shaking
  • 50ml Homemade Sage Syrup – to make 500ml you’ll need 500g sugar, 500ml water, 50g sage leaves
  • Utensils: cocktail shaker, wooden muddle, strainer
  • Large Martini Glass to serve


To make the sage syrup – add sugar and water to a pan and bring to the boil, whisking. Add sage, and take off the boil to let the sage steep for 24 hours.

To make the cocktail – Place a handful of sage leaves into a cocktail shaker, along with the Sage Syrup and Gin. Muddle for a minute to release the flavour of the sage from the leaves.

Add the Lemon Juice, and fill shaker with ice, and shake. Double strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a stem of sage leaves – the bigger the better. Enjoy!

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