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The Pollinator (aka Sage Bee’s Knees)

A sophisticated, balanced cocktail that combines sage-honey syrup, aromatic gin, and fresh lemon.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcohol, gin, herbal
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Author: Emily Clifton - Nerds with Knives (Adapted from Salt and Wind)


For the Honey-Sage Syrup

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 12-15 sage leaves stems removed

For 2 Cocktails

  • 4 ounces gin
  • 2 1/2 - 3 ounces honey-sage syrup depending on how sweet you like it
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice from about 1 1/2 large lemons


Make the Honey-Sage Syrup

  • Combine water, honey and sage leaves in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off heat and let it steep leaves for 15 minutes. Strain into a sealable jar or bottle. Makes about 1 cup. Leftover syrup will keep in the fridge for about 1 month, possibly longer.

Make the cocktails

  • Combine gin, lemon juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker halfway with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sage leaf or a lemon twist.
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