You’ve heard of a Pineapple Express, right? Well, let me introduce you to the Pineapple Sage Smash, a cocktail that’s a true sensory journey. If you’re seeking a drink that’s as visually striking as it is flavorful, you’ll find it here.
This recipe has flavors that you wouldn’t think to mix together; however, they work together so effortlessly it was a dream come true!
The first thing you’ll notice is the vibrant hue of the drink. Thanks to the indigo-hued Empress Gin and the violet essence in the creme de violet, the Pineapple Sage Smash displays an alluring spectrum of colors that shift from deep violet to soft lavender. But don’t let the drink’s beauty distract you from the real magic: the taste.
It all starts with the fresh sage leaves. When muddled with pineapple juice, the aromatic herb takes on a slightly citrusy profile, while the pineapple adds a burst of tropical sweetness. These two ingredients are the essence of this recipe, hence the name Pineapple Sage Smash. When shaken together with the rest of the ingredients, a distinct and invigorating mix of flavors emerges. The Empress Gin, which is infused with butterfly pea blossom, brings a subtle earthiness to the drink, adding depth and character.
But the underdog of this cocktail that deserves some attention is the crème de violette. A sweet liqueur made from violet flowers, it’s not only visually stunning but adds a delicate floral note that complements the sage and pineapple. Add in the tang of lemon juice and the hint of sweetness from the simple syrup, and you have a drink that’s a perfect balance of sweet, tart, and herbal. What a showstopper!
Served in a lowball glass over a single large ice sphere, the Pineapple Sage Smash is garnished with a dried lemon wheel and a sprig of sage. The lemon wheel brings a touch of sophistication to the drink, while the sage reinforces the herbaceous notes.
The Pineapple Sage Smash is the definition of a well-rounded drink. I know you’re going to love it.
Step 1: In a cocktail shaker muddle pineapple juice and sage.
Step 2: Add all ingredients to the shaker, add ice, and shake until well combined.
Step 3: Strain over a large ice cube in a low ball glass.
Step 4: Garnish with a dried lemon wheel and sage.
The Pineapple Sage Smash is a drink that’s a joy to savor. The initial sip brings forward the sweet and tart pineapple-lemon combination, quickly followed by the herbal essence of sage and the floral notes of the creme de violet. As the drink moves over the ice sphere, it chills down, creating a refreshing and vibrant sipper.
So, if you’re looking to try a unique and flavorful cocktail, the Pineapple Sage Smash is waiting for you!