Sometimes you just have to wake up every day and adult. This terrifying process is not only mind-numbingly monotonous; it’s just no damn fun. So what’s my cure-all for days consisting of wake-work-laundry-repeat? A little whiskey in the morning, that’s what. Come on, you deserve it! And before you go calling AA on my ass, give it a try and tell me your Wednesday didn’t get instantly better. Let’s start with some sage and ginger simple syrup, shall we?
8 slices of fresh ginger
8 fresh sage leaves
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
Toss all of these ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Then, reduce the heat to low and simmer for ten minutes. Strain the mixture and pop it into the freezer to speed up the cooling process, if you’re planning on whipping up a cocktail right away. And if you’re not, then I don’t know why we’re even talking. I guess you could just store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
For all my comrades that have had a week like me…
we’re on to the cocktail portion of this show.
Sage and ginger simple syrup (cooled)
Fill a shaker with ice, 1 ½ oz whiskey (I used bourbon) (and sometimes I use 2 oz), the juice of 1 lemon, and 2 tbs of your cooled simple syrup. Then, shake it. Then, body-roll. Pour over a fancy square ice cube and rejoice. It’s 9 a.m. and you’re 22 again. Accept that if you were really 22, this would be cheap vodka and pink lemonade. See? Maybe adulting has its bonuses.
(Whiskey. The bonus is Whiskey.)
- ginger-sage simple syrup:
- 8 slices of fresh ginger
- 8 fresh sage leaves
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ sup water
- For the cocktail:
- 1 ½ - 2 oz whiskey
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbs ginger-sage simple syrup
- Combine the ingredients for the simple syrup in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for ten minutes
- Strain the mixture cool
- For the cocktail, shake ingredients with ice and pour over a large ice cube
- Garnish with lemon peel and a sage leaf