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Great Way To Try Grappa: Sage-Pear-Grappa Summer Punch

on 25/06/11 at 5:00 pm


This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Party Drink.

I came up with this recipe to go with a pork dinner, when our sage bush was going wild.
It’s fruity but not too sweet, summery but sophisticated. It pairs well with figs, dates, pesto, & pork.

It’s also lovely, light, & summery as a non-alcoholic spritzer: Just omit the grappa and add more simple syrup and seltzer.

Serves 8


Sage Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves

  1. Bring water almost to a boil.
  2. Add sugar and then sage leaves.
  3. Heat mixture, stirring until the sugar dissolves completely.

The Drink Itself:

  • 3 ounces sage simple syrup (see above)
  • 10 shots grappa
  • 2 pears, sliced & seeded
  • 8 sage leaves for garnish
  • 1 splash selzer water

  1. Pour grappa and sage simple syrup into punchbowl.
  2. Add and muddle pears.
  3. Clap the sage– clap it between your hands once to bruise it & release it’s sage-y goodness.
  4. Serve with a splash of selzter, and float the clapped sage on top as an aromatic garnish.
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