Muddle the sage leaves with the lemon juice, apple cider, and demerara syrup, then add the applejack and liqueur. Shake with ice, and strain into an iced old fashioned glass.
This recipe is still delicious without the Bergamot liqueur and the Apple bitters, but if you can find these ingredients, it does elevate the drink.
I read about the Ramona cocktail and wondered to myself, "Why use vodka with apple cider when Applejack exists?" After experimenting a little bit, I wanted to make my drink a bit more culinary in nature..