Do you miss ROOT, SNAP, SAGE, & RHUBARB? Learn how to replicate our cult-favorite spirits at home. Each part to this series will explain how to create one of our original famed spirits of the past.
Tickets include step by step instruction, plus everything you need to infuse your own 375 mL bottle of "SAGE" (herbs, spices, bottle, etc.) as well as the recipe for future use! Two cocktails will be served during the class using one of our finished infusions. Must be 21 to attend. ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL
History of SAGE:
Thomas Jefferson was a man of many achievements — a Founding Father, a speaker of five languages, third president of the United States and one heck of a horticulturist. (He reportedly obsessed more about his Monticello garden than about writing the Declaration of Independence). Jefferson’s foremost botanical adviser was Bernard McMahon, a horticulturist who emigrated to Philadelphia in 1796 and published the country’s first seed list, which caught the eye of its botanically predisposed president. This lead to a longtime correspondence during which McMahon became Jefferson’s friend and gardening mentor.
After dispatching Lewis and Clark to explore the continent, it was McMahon, whom Jefferson tasked with growing and chronicling the 130 plants discovered on their expedition, resulting in the book “Flora Americae.” In a time when the Founding Fathers were consumed with distancing themselves from traditional English gardens, McMahon’s book was a godsend, giving men like Jefferson the resources to create stunning and productive gardens based on plants native to the New World.
In those days, it was customary for the gentry to make their own garden spirits. Each family's was different, reflecting both their tastes and the output of the local soil. For our original Art in the Age libation, we thought it would be interesting to create a refreshing “garden gin” using some of the esculent botanicals chronicled by McMahon in his publications and grown by Jefferson at his Monticello gardens.
The result is sippable and fascinating, swirling with the grace and elegance of a post-colonial, pre-industrial America. With an intoxicating aroma and woodsy, herbaceous flavor, SAGE mixes deliciously in both savory and sweet cocktails. Instilled with organic American botanicals including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel and, of course, sage, it calls to mind an earlier, more verdant world, when nature was more abundant and adventures more frequent.