Festive Drinks with Pineapple Sage
I talk with Corinne Mossati about this wonderful culinary sage that is so useful in festive drinks.
You may be growing some lovely salvias in your garden but not realise that one of them in particular, can make a luscious and revitalising drink, just right for the festive season.
Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) is in the Lamiaceae or mint family.
Found growing naturally in forests quite high up but does well along the east coast of Australia.
A fast growing small shrub to 1.5m, that suits most regions of Australia with large leaves that are, distinctly veined and a bright lime-green in colour.
Grow it in reasonably rich soil that has a good water holding capacity to keep it moving along during the warmest months of the year. Best in full sun.
|Salvia elegans-pineapple sage|
Tip prune whenever you pass to keep your pineapple sage more compact and lush.
Flowers occur mainly in winter but will spot flower most of the year.
Not only the leaves, but the flowers can be used to make drinks or flavour honey.
To Flavour Honey
For a small 200ml jar, fill it up with pineapple sage flowers and then pour in the honey. Leave it to steep for one month and give it a give it a little stir every so often.
You can also use the flowers as garnish in salad, and because they have a pineapple flavour, they’ll make a fantastic addition to fruit salads, and sorbets.
Corinne's Tip:When you are working with aromatic plants, place the leaf on your palm, give it a little slap to release the volatile oils, before you garnish your cocktail, then inhale the aroma as you sip your drink
To find out more, listen to the podcast.
I'm talking with Corinne Mossati, founder and editor of the Gourmantic Garden and Cocktails and Bars websites..
Here are the links to the recipes Corinne mentions in the podcast:
The Sage Cuban: Pineapple Sage Cocktail: http://www.cocktailsandbars.
|Corinne's Pineapple Sage Cocktail: photo courtesy of Corinne Mossati|
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