Honey Sage Gin Fizz with a bacon and honey rim

This rather unusual cocktail came about because a client wanted something different for their year-end function as a welcome drink.  Being on a tight budget, I couldn’t use my go-to cocktails where you had a mix of various spirits and liquors, it would have blown the budget completely! So the search started and I eventually stumbled onto this little spirit lifter from honey sage gin soaked honey rim

From a culinary point it made total sense!  The bitterness from the gin, the subtle flavour from the sage, sweetness from the honey and the saltiness from the bacon. I have however tweaked the recipe to get the flavors just the way I like it.  Other than the honey/sage syrup, you can play away as well!

You’ll need

  • For the syrup
  • ½ cup Honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • For the honey bacon rim
  • 1 slice bacon, crispy, cooled and broken into fine crumbs
  • a pinch of fine smoked salt
  • honey
  • For the Gin fizz
  • 90ml gin
  • 30ml honey/sage syrup
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • 150ml Club soda
  • additional sage leaves for garnish


  1. For the honey/sage syrup. Add all the ingredients in a saucepan, stirring continuously until you reach boiling point. Turn the heat down and simmer until the honey has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely. Place in a jar in the fridge until used. (Remember to remove the sage leaves at this stage!)
  2. On a plate, mix your fine bacon bits and smoked salt well. I used a small handcraft paintbrush and paint 1/3 of the rim with honey. No more than this or the bacon and smoked salt will overpower the drink! Run the honey rim through the bacon mix.
  3. Now to mix the cocktail. Place the gin, honey/sage syrup and lime into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it up and pour into 3 prepared glasses. Top up with a dash of soda water and a few sage leaves.

Taste! If you want a bit more sweetness, add more honey/sage syrup. A bit more kick, add more gin; too much gin, add more soda. I recommend you make the bacon/salt crumb and honey/sage syrup well in advance, giving you plenty of time to show off your mixology skills at your party. I also placed my glasses in the fridge after I have rimmed them with the bacon and salt mix. Cheers!!

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