This ginger sage sour is what we call “the flower sermon”. It’s a cocktail that was created by the Caparelli family while working at a craft cocktail bar in Boulder, Colorado. It’s a perfect blend of aromatic flavors and a hint of spice! It even feels a tad healthy with the combination of ginger liqueur and black pepper. Make sure to check out our suggested pairing below!

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how to make a ginger sage sour


  • 2 oz barrel aged gin
  • ½ oz ginger liqueur or clove liqueur
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • fresh sage
  • fresh ginger
  • black peppercorn


In a cocktail shaker, add simple syrup, fresh ginger and sage. Lightly muddle to release flavors. Add gin, liqueur, lemon juice, and ice. Shake until chilled. Double strain into a chilled double rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh sage and fresh ground pepper.

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ingredients for the flower sermon


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Fresh ground black pepper on a cocktail? Yes, you read that right! Garnishing a cocktail with fresh black pepper can add a unique and surprising dimension to the drink’s flavor profile. Black pepper has a bold, spicy, and slightly pungent aroma that complements and enhances the aromatics of the sage and ginger, adding depth and complexity to the overall scent. It also pairs well with the flavor profile of this drink, making this ginger sage sour a wonderful concoction.

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suggested pairing for a ginger sage sour

Pair this ginger sage sour with our butternut squash risotto or even our pumpkin pasta. Both dishes are garnished with sage and gives off a wonderful aroma that works well together!

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We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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