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Citrus and Sage Tonic from "Kale & Caramel"

Citrus Sage Tonic

The citrus sage tonic is refreshing and adaptable to whatever herbs you might have around. Easily made into a cocktail with spirits too!
Course Beverage, Cocktail
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword citrus, cocktails, fall, gin, grapefruit, herbs, lemon, lime, mezcal, orange, sage, spring, summer, tequila, tonic, winter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • Muddler


  • 3 fresh sage leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave nectar (depending on the sweetness of the grapefruits)
  • 2 large grapefruits, juiced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 large lemon, juiced (about ¼ cup)
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ice cubes, for serving


  • Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush the sage into the agave nectar at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the grapefruit, lime, and lemon juices and a few pinches of salt. Shake vigorously, then strain the citrus sage tonic over ice.


  • Copyright © 2017 by Lily Diamond from KALE & CARAMEL: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • I think a lot of herbs could work themselves in here nicely--like rosemary, basil, cilantro, or thyme.
  • Lily recommends tequila, mezcal, gin or vodka if you’re looking to make this into a cocktail.
  • Also, if you're wondering why my sage looks so gnarly, I used naturally dried leaves from my plants last year :)