Nothing says summertime on Nantucket like a breezy cocktail, best enjoyed in our courtyard oasis of flora and flagstone. From 5:00-7:00pm everyday, we assemble a tricked-out mixer bar complete with glassware to compliment the booze you bring in from one of the island’s many excellent liquor stores (we’re partial to Epernay). We always have the basics on hand – think olives, lemon wedges, and tonic – but we also like to throw in a very Lark-like twist with some innovative mixers. Our house made Ginger Sage Lemonade makes a perfectly piquant base for a crisp summer drink or mocktail and is regularly requested by our guests. Check out the recipe below, and whip up a batch for your next gathering or join us in the courtyard at 76 Main this summer.
Ginger Sage Spiked Lemonade
- 4 lemons
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar
- Ginger simple syrup
- Sage simple syrup
- Vodka or gin
- Sage leaves
Extract the juice from 4 lemons, and mix with 1 1/2 cups of sugar in a large pitcher.
To make the simple syrups, bring water and sugar to a boil and let it bubble for a few minutes until the sugar is blended. Add add grated ginger for the ginger simple syrup and fresh sage leaves for the sage simple syrup, and let cool completely before refrigerating. It will thicken into a syrupy consistency as it cools.
Add the ginger and sage simple syrups to taste to the lemonade in the pitcher, and then add water. How much alcohol you add is up to you, but we like a mix of 2 parts lemonade to 1 part vodka or gin. Garnish each individual glass with a fresh sage leaf.