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Brown Sugar Sage Paloma

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It’s time to share a new cocktail recipe I whipped up—the Brown Sugar Sage Paloma. This twist on the classic blends earthy notes with the bright zing of citrus. It’s perfect for sipping on a lazy afternoon or kicking off a chill evening gathering.

First things first, you’ve got to prepare your glass just right to set the stage. Rim it with some brown sugar simple syrup, followed by a dip in granulated sugar. This gives the glass a sweet, crunchy edge that’s visually appealing and tasty.

Now, let’s set up the core of this drink. Start with gin as your base. Gin is known for its botanical notes, which in this mix lays down a subtly aromatic foundation that’s less about the juniper and more about its capacity to meld with other flavors. Next, add grapefruit juice. This brings a delightful bitterness that isn’t overpowering, cutting through the sweetness with its refreshing acidity. Plus, grapefruit juice and gin go together so well, which is always something to plan for when mixing cocktails. Adding to the citrus element, lemon juice comes in next to elevate the tangy profile. It’s sharper, more pronounced, and it injects a vibrant zestiness that makes every sip feel more lively.

The brown sugar simple syrup is where the mixture gets some depth. Unlike regular simple syrup, the brown sugar version adds a rich, molasses-like sweetness that feels warm and comforting. It’s smooth, sugary, but not in an over-the-top way—it’s just right for blending with the tartness of the juices. Then, there are the sage leaves. Rub them between your hands before dropping them into the shaker to release their oils. Sage has a distinct, slightly peppery flavor that brings an herbal freshness to the drink. It’s unexpected but in a way that makes you nod in appreciation of the clever combination.

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Step 1: Rim your rocks glass with brown sugar simple syrup and sugar. Set aside.

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Step 2: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.

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Step 3: Strain the mixture into your prepared glass over fresh ice.

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Step 4: Garnish with a few fresh sage leaves and a lemon peel twist.

The Brown Sugar Sage Paloma is a beautiful mix of flavors that’s both impressive and incredibly easy to enjoy. It’s like each ingredient knows its place, creating a layered beverage where the flavors complement each other without any one of them overshadowing the others.

This is definitely a cocktail I’ll be shaking up all summer long, but be sure to give it a try for yourselves!

Brown Sugar Sage Paloma

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Rim your rocks glass with brown sugar simple syrup and sugar. Set aside.
  2. Step 2 – Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
  3. Step 3 – Strain the mixture into your prepared glass over fresh ice.
  4. Step 4 – Garnish with a few fresh sage leaves and a lemon peel twist.
Tags: Gin, Citrusy, Sweet

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