Tequila Old Fashioned




  1. For the sage simple syrup. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add 1 cup of the sugar slowly, stirring until it's all completely dissolved. Add 6 to 8 lightly torn sage leaves. Simmer on low for 2 minutes and let cool with the sage leaves in the syrup **(up to one hour)**. Remove leaves and store in a sealed jar, refrigerated.
  2. For the candied sage. Dip 8 fresh sage leaves in the sage simple syrup. Lightly dust both sides with sugar and place on wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, being careful not to let them burn. Carefully remove the leaves with tongs and let cool.
  3. For the cocktail. Smudge a fresh sage leaves around the rim and insides of your rocks glass making sure to smash the leaves. Discard smashed leaves.
  4. In a mixing glass, combine 2oz tequila, 2 dashes orange bitters, and 0.5 oz sage simple syrup.
  5. Stir and strain into a serving glass with single large ice cube.
  6. Place candied sage across the glass rim and flame and express an orange peel onto the cocktail surface.


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