Add some Thanksgiving day flavor to your cocktail with fresh muddled sage and sweet roasted grapes. Let’s face it, a festive Thanksgiving cocktail is just as awesome as the holiday’s signature food.Since sage is often a distinct ingredient in many autumn dishes from poultry to pork to stuffings to soups to roasted vegetables, I thought it would be the perfect herb to highlight in a cocktail that is ideal for welcoming your guests to dinner.But that’s not all. The earthiness of sage pairs well with sweet ingredients and that is where black grapes come in. These grapes are delicious as is, but when roasted, they get even sweeter and richer turning into these juicy little orbs packed full of goodness.When muddled together, it creates a base for a cocktail that goes from good to so much better than good. The oils released from the sage here add a hint of savory, warm flavor and the roasted grapes provide just the right amount of sweetness.Shaken with some vodka, strained into a glass and topped with ginger ale, the color is stunning and welcoming.
This Thanksgiving cocktail is really a pleasant surprise the moment you raise your glass, making the start to your holiday feast anything but ordinary.Roasted grapes and earthy sage are the real deal and I love them in my Weeknight Skillet Herb Pork Chops with Roasted Grapes and my Cider Braised Pork Meatballs with Lemon and Sage.
For another way to highlight herbs in a cocktail, try my Partridge in a Pear Tree: A Sparkling Christmas Cocktail where fresh rosemary is the star of the drink.
What are you toasting with this Thanksgiving?
Add some Thanksgiving day flavor to your cocktail with fresh muddled sage and roasted grapes.
- 5-6 sage leaves
- 12-15 black grapes
- 2 ounces vodka
- ginger ale
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scatter the grapes on it.
Roast for 30 minutes until the grapes begin to shrivel a bit but not burst.
Remove from the oven and let cool.
To a cocktail shaker, add the sage leaves and the roasted grapes, reserving at least one grape for garnish.
Muddle to release the grape juices and break up the sage.
Add ice and your favorite vodka.
Give it a good shake.
Add ice to a glass and strain the mix over it.
Top with ginger ale and garnish with a sage leaf and a roasted grape.