sage advice

I’ve mentioned before I talk to people all day long about the poor decisions they’ve made and how I’m supposed to fix them.  What happened to personal responsibility?!  Because you’ve dinked around and not taken care of xyz, you now want me to rush and expedite this because you need it yesterday.  Too bad, so sad.  You should have done it right the first time.  (have I mentioned- I’m kinda mean)

Most days I can shake off the cooties assholes deposit on my desk.  But there are days like today where asshole after asshole leave a steaming pile of poo in their wake and eventually the stink is too great.

Actually, the bulk of my day was quite good.  It wasn’t until the last 2 hours it went to crap.  While I was on my bus ride home I kept thinking of the glorious cocktails I’d whip up when I got the chance.  That certainly helped things feel better.  But it got really good once I made my little concoction.

my overflowing sage- there’s a wine barrel under there

Once again, calling upon the goodness of my garden, I made a sage simple syrup.  I rough chopped about 1/2 cup fresh sage and add 1 cup each sugar and water. Brought this to a boil and reduced to a simmer for about 5 minutes.  I then let it rest for another 5 minutes (while I let Coe in) off the heat before I strained out the sage.

1 1/2z New Deal Vodka
1/2 Ginger Liqueur
1/2z fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2-1z sage simple syrup
dash Angostura bitters
Shake and pour over fresh ice into a rocks glass.

It could stand a touch of tweaking, but was pretty darn tasty.  I think once (if) summer shows up in Oregon and I start my soda experiments again, I’ll try a sage lemonade.  Until then, I’ll enjoy what the garden has to offer any way I can.

someone else out enjoying the garden

Published by Lula Harp

I'm a mad scientist trying to find my tools.

5 thoughts on “sage advice

  1. I have a sage plant that is several (like 8) years old and it looks leggy and scraggly. I’m not sure how to refresh it so it looks like a shrub again. Do you know if I cut it back in the fall or spring and will it actually grow again? It is verigated and was so pretty. I might just plant a new start.

    I also have an upright rosemary shrub that one half just up and died this winter! The other half is still healthy and growing, Most woody herbs are pretty hearty. I had 3 English Lavender plants in front of the house that grew so big they blocked off the entry walk, so we tried to dig them up, but they were tough mothers! We finally wrapped a chain around the base of each and used my truck to pull them up. We took them out back and planted them against the garden fence. Two of them actually lived after all of that and are as big and beautiful as ever! I chop them back every year and they just take over the walks every summer!


    1. I will gladly bring you a start of both sage and rosemary. I do not do anything special to either one and they are prolific!

      I think you should be able to cut it way back and have it grow back in. What’s the worse that can happen? You kill it. Sounds like it it’s destined for the compost pile, so no harm no foul.


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