sage + ginger prosecco cocktail

sage + ginger prosecco cocktail

sage + ginger prosecco cocktail

This is one of the cocktails we served at this past weekend’s Kinfolk Herbal Infusions workshop here in Chattanooga, TN. I created it to be not only appropriately festive for the understated & elegant flutes and gorgeous quartz crystal votive West Elm gave us for our fete, but also to be a mindful, refreshing blend. One befitting this time of year not only in it’s flavor profile but in it’s meaning as well. The base of this cocktail is a simple syrup infused with feathery sage & piquant ginger, a bright and earthy concoction that’s equally refreshing and festive in a glass of sparkling water for those of you who, like me, abstain for whatever reason, as it is in a crisp glass of Prosecco. Plants being more than plants but being rather our symbiotic cohabitants of this mortal coil, this bubbling drink is more than just a palatable way to sling back enough alcohol to feel comfortable with your family. Instead, we can think of it as a tincture, as a potent medicine that lends itself to mindful savoring & promotes strength, prosperity, and cleansing. Heed the metaphysics of the holidays & the delicious foods and drinks we create and enjoy a whole new dimension of experience.

sage + ginger prosecco cocktail

sage + ginger prosecco cocktail

sage + ginger prosecco cocktail

The stress of the holidays is largely due, in part, to a myopic focus on the material. I don’t say do away with the material; no, gift giving, decorating, and feasting are all such wonderfully rich and meaningful rituals. But it’s when we remember the source of those rituals that they come alive, that we find sustenance in them. When you gather in the candle light in the warmth of your home and sip this drink in celebration, let the bubbles tingle on the back of your tongue, search out the fragrant notes of sage and appreciate the bite of  ginger.

I like to recall the folk history of herbs, the old world mystical properties. Belief being a powerful force and the universe being, at my last assessment,  quite vast, I like to imagine that just as I take in the beneficial phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals I also take in these folkloric properties. Ginger, believed to have originated in the Himalayan foothills, has long been used in ancient medicine for everything from settling the stomach to soothing a cold. But the gnarled, spicy root is also said to draw adventure and new experiences and to promote sensuality, confidence, prosperity, and success. It, like like the quartz crystal of the votive, is said to amplify the properties of anything it’s mixed with, which in this case would be cleansing sage. Carried on your person, it was believed to promote good health & protection.

sage + ginger prosecco cocktail

 

Sage is one of the most sacred herbs, traditionally burned in the purification and cleansing of both spaces and people. At a time of year that is, we have to acknowledge, painful for people who have lost loves ones or have fallen on a difficult period of life, sage also aids in the comfort of grief. A bringer of wisdom and clarity, sage was used in healing sachets & incense and to promote spiritual, mental, emotional & physical health and longevity. Long believed to remove negative energy, you can, as a personal meditation or prayer place near a personal object of a person who is ailing. Intent has a brilliant way of manifesting, and when we enjoy the fragrance and taste of an herb and visualize it doing it’s healing work, sometimes the results can be surprising for, indeed: as above, so below.

sage + ginger prosecco cocktail

Rather than devoting the holidays to indulging I’ve tried to create a mindful intent, a prayer, a wish, a meditation for myself: This season I will celebrate life, rebirth, hope, renewal, and all that I am grateful for.  I’ll notice the midwinter light. I’ll remember the footfalls and dirt beneath the feet of my ancestors, the aeons of beings before me, with entire worlds in their minds just like mine,  that have gathered in holy observance of this time of year.

The holidays: Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Midwinter to Saturnalia, whatever you observe, this is a time of year trembling with rebirth. It’s a season when the sun hangs heavy, the celestial bowing it’s head to earth. So enjoy every note both literal and metaphorical of this empowering and purifying drink and celebrate with your family, both living and passed, the wonderful echoes of the spiritual in the earthly and a time of year when they commingle in ritual, gathering, and feasting with those dear to us.

You can find the recipe as well as the platinum rimmed stemless flutes & crystal votive on West Elm‘s blog Front & Main. May all your days be merry & bright!

sage + ginger prosecco cocktail

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29 Responses to Sage Ginger Prosecco Cocktail for West Elm

  1. Oh my goodness… this drink is spectacular. Thank you, Beth, for coming up with the greatest holiday beverage that is both festive and cleansing! I’ll toast to happiness, health and loved ones this holiday season.
    x
    Amber

  2. Prosecco is one of my absolute favorite things on this earth.

  3. Jillian says:

    I love prosecco! These cocktails look so delicious

  4. Medha says:

    Beautifully written post! This drink is completely gorgeous , Love the combination of ginger and sage – earthy and delicious! Your photos are simply stunning, the depth and colours are outstanding – Absolutely in love with your photography!

  5. Kathryn says:

    Beth, I think these are some of my favourite ever of your pictures. You capture far more than just a drink in them and create such a special atmosphere. You’re such a talent.

  6. What a lovely event, these photographs are simply dreamy. Amazing work as always!

  7. Kelly says:

    Cheers Beth! Thank you for sharing this wonderful cocktail I am sure to enjoy. So happy to have found your blog. I look forward to seeing Local Milk in my in box.

  8. Skye says:

    Such evocative photos. I had never thought of a sage infused cocktail, but it sounds wonderfully dreamy…

  9. These are so simple but elegant. I can’t wait to serve them to my family at Thanksgiving, thank you so much!

  10. Shelly says:

    Love that you captured the gathering in your photos and not just the recipe – stunning photography. Also, anything with Prosecco and I’m in!

  11. Shivani says:

    Beth – thank you so much for the more spiritual and folk descriptions of the herbs. I’ve long loved Ayurveda and other plant-based rituals and healings, and I love reading your beautifully written descriptions. Do you have any suggestions for where you look up the properties and qualities of plants, or is it just a mental repository from years of interest? I’m always looking for more resources, would love your thoughts. Thank you!

  12. I saw some pictures on Instagram from the event. Simply beautiful. You made a great great job.

  13. Emily Brock says:

    That crystal votive candle holder is AMAZING. Photos look great gal, wish I could have been there!

  14. kelli says:

    mystical and magical you
    did not go on and on about turkeys and place settings and lists and timelines
    of course
    the true spirit of the season shines bright in your words
    so lost so many, so lost our culture, so far removed from the true meaning of this amazing time of year
    the darkness that makes the light shine brighter
    the cold that warms our hearts
    the gathering of those close
    the remembering of those far or gone
    would that all could come back to the simple
    to the heartfelt
    to the meaningful
    mindful
    thank you
    the sage on my woodstove tonight will smolder and smoke and remind me of your thoughts
    kindred spirit

  15. Must try! I love the images!

  16. What an extraordinary post! Your words painted such a beautiful picture + the drink itself was pure magic. We enjoyed this brew at Thanksgiving ~ the adults with champagne + the children with sparkling water…a delight for everyone! Your meditation is a gentle reminder as to the true spirit of the season…Many Thanks!

  17. imen says:

    Catching up on your posts Beth….as ever, ambrosia. Thank you for being a constant source of inspiration xx

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  24. Kate says:

    This is the best cocktail I’ve had. I found it last year and it’s already become a tradition of serving it as an aperitif before our holiday feasts. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

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