1 1⁄2 oz Tequila (I used blanco but a reposado would work and be Phil Ward-approved)
1⁄2 oz Mezcal
1⁄2 oz Agave syrup (1:1 Simple syrup will also work)
3 wdg Lime (Half of a medium-sized lime)
2 lf Sage
1 spg Sage (Sage tip as garnish)

Muddle lime wedges and sage leaves in simple syrup, add the rest of the ingredients and ice, and shake. Double strain into a rocks glass, fill with crushed ice, and garnish with a sage tip.


Comes across akin to a Tommy's Margarita with sage notes adding complementary herbal accents to the agave distillates.


I was inspired by the sage plants in my garden in creating a drink of the day at Loyal Nine back in 2017. I thought about how well agave and sage pair together such as in Jacques Bezuidenhout's Sagerac. Instead of deciding on tequila or mezcal, I opted for both in similar proportions as Phil Ward's Oaxacan Old Fashioned. For a format, I opted for a Smash akin to Dale Degroff's Whiskey Smash.

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FRY 2017
Posted by yarm on 5/10/2021
Created by
Frederic Yarm, Loyal Nine, Cambridge, MA
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