Smoky Blackberry Sage (“Clear Thinking”) Tequila Elixir

There seems to be no better tincture for this potent sweet and smoky cocktail. As the tequila and mescal loosen your lips, the overall brain-enhancing qualities of the Clear Thinking tincture keep your mind alert and on point. The smoky sage salt will keep you calm and poised.
June 01, 2013


For the tequila elixir:

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini-style or coupe glass and garnish with a fresh blackberry rolled in smoked sage salt stuck through the tip of a sage leaf.

For the blackberry sage nectar:

In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring to make sure the honey is completely dissolved. Reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes. Cool completely and then blend in a blender until totally smooth, refrigerate.

For the smoked sage salt:

Place the sage leaves in a mortar and pound and grind until a smooth paste, almost powder, is formed. Add the lemon zest and the salt and grind a little more, gently until a grainy salt is created.


For the tequila elixir
  • 1 ounce Espolon Tequila Blanco
  • 1 ounce Pechuga del Maguey Mezcal
  • 1 ounce elderflower liquor
  • 1 ounce blackberry sage nectar
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • Fresh blackberry garnish
  • Smoked sage salt
  • Fresh sage leaf
Blackberry Sage Nectar
  • 10 fresh blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
  • 5-6 fresh sage leaves, torn
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
Smoked Sage Salt
  • 4 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup smoked Maldon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
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