Jump In With Both Feet: 20% Off Select Socks—Shop Now
Home Page

The Basin and Sage Cocktail

Our Favorite Summer Beverage

This holiday weekend, kick back with the Basin and Sage Cocktail—a rye whiskey concoction laced with earthy sage and a squeeze of lemon.

First, find your whiskey! We picked a bottle of our favorite brown from High West Distillery before heading out for an evening next to the fire.

The recipe below makes enough simple syrup for a batch of cocktails and if you’re camping, you can prepare the simple syrup ahead of time. The rest of the recipe makes one cocktail—scale up if you’re hosting friends! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plus 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 lemon slice
  • Ice
  • 2 oz. High West Rye Whiskey
  • Mason jar with lid

Directions:

The first task is to get the fire started! It’s a well-known fact that whiskey’s best served besides a campfire.

Next, prepare the sage-infused simple syrup; combine water, 1 cup of the sugar, and 4 of the sage leaves in a small pot and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let the sage leaves steep in the syrup for about 30 minutes before removing. 

In the Mason jar, add the remaining 4 sage leaves and 1 tsp sugar. Using a muddler, press down on the leaves in the bottom of the jar for about a minute until very aromatic. If you don’t have a muddler, a thick wooden spoon will work in a pinch. 

Add ice and whiskey to the Mason jar. Then add a squeeze of lemon and a splash of the simple syrup. 

Screw on the jar’s lid and give it a good shake for 20-30 seconds.

Using the lid as a strainer, pour that delicious concoction into your favorite camping mug.

For added smoky-tangy flavor, toast a lemon peel in the campfire and use as a garnish along with another fresh sage leaf. Cheers!