We grew up in the South, where the first Saturday in May is Mint Julep Day. (We’ve also heard it called Kentucky Derby Day—something about a horserace?) But it’s time for us to confess: Unless it’s married to chocolate or flavoring toothpaste, we’re iffy on mint. (During the Mojito craze of the last few years, we stuck stubbornly to Sidecars.)
So when a pineapple daiquiri aswirl with shards of leafy green slid across the bar at Lever House restaurant in Manhattan recently, we braced ourselves. And then, after a sip, stopped bracing and began imbibing—enthusiastically. The shards weren’t mint, but sage, which has a deeper, more complex herbacious flavor. It turned what is typically a fruity umbrella drink into a sophisticated, autumn-appropriate cocktail.
At the restaurant, the drink is made with pineapple puree. To make it convenient for home bartenders, we’ve slightly adapted the recipe. If you’re in New York City, we highly recommend that you treat yourself to the original.—The Purcell Sisters