honey sage gin fizz

A classic gin fizz with honey sage infused syrup and a touch of delicious bacon.

Recipe by: How Sweet It Is 

Ingredients
  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1/2 – 1 ounce honey sage syrup, depending on your desired level of sweetness (recipe below)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 5 ounces club soda
  • fresh sage leaves for garnish


Honey sage syrup:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5-6 fresh sage leaves

For the smoked honey rim:

  • Honey
  • Fine smoked sea salt
  • Finely crumbled cooked bacon
  • (Note: one slice of bacon will garnish about 4-6 glasses if you only coat 1/4 of the rim.)
Preparation

Fill the glass with a few sage leaves and ice cubes, then add gin, 1/2 ounce of syrup and lime juice, stirring well. Pour in club soda, stirring a bit more, then taste and determine if the drink has enough sweetness. If not, add a bit more. Garnish with an extra sage leaf and serve. Enjoy!

To make the honey sage syrup:

Combine all syrup ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and stir until it appears that all of the honey has dissolved. Remove from heat and let sit until completely cooled to room temperature. Remove sage leaves before using. This can be made well ahead of time and store in a jar in the fridge.

For the honey smoked rim:

On a plate, combine bacon and salt, mixing well to combine. Take your glass and rub a drop of honey on 1/4 of the rim, then dip, twist and turn it around in the bacon salt, coating it. I don’t recommend coating more than 1/4 of 1/3 of the rim because it will overpower the honey sage. If you cannot find smoked sea salt, regular can be used in place of it. If you are vegetarian or prefer not to use bacon, the salt is just fine too.