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Sage Simple Syrup Recipe

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Last Updated on March 29, 2024 by Leah Hall

We love herbal simple syrup, and sage simple syrup is perfect for cocktails any time of year.


As in our post about Rosemary simple syrup, we covered the great uses for simple syrup. We enjoy using fresh herbs from our garden and the farmer’s market during the summer, and all the variety gives us lots of flavors of syrup that we use in all kinds of drinks and dishes. One of our favorites we grow in our own garden, sage, which is a perennial evergreen shrub that has stayed fresh even thru the trials of a rather snowy winter. Some other homemade syrups are Peach Simple Syrup, Lemon Simple Syrup and Stevia syrup!


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green sage simple syrup in a tall bottle, wood bowl and spoon with sugar. Sage leaves in front and behind bottle

Sage is a very savory flavor, slightly peppery with a hint of cool evergreen that is released when its fuzzy leaves are crushed. This herb works really well with lots of tart flavors like berries, and when infused into a simple syrup, adds a fresh savory herbal quality.



We love to add sage syrup to a number of cocktails like our Blackberry Sage Kentucky Mule or our Sage Advice. Here is our sage simple syrup recipe for you, give it a try and let us know what you think!

What Ingredients are Needed for Sage Simple Syrup?

  • Sage Leaves – fresh sage leaves are the best choice for this recipe. You can use dried if necessary, but make sure to strain the syrup really well.
  • Sugar – we used granulated sugar.
  • Water – simple tap water works great. The ratio is 1:1 water and sugar.


How to Make Sage Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is an easy homemade recipe to make. The ratio is the same amount of cup water to cup sugar, 1:1. Meaning that if you have a cup of sugar you need a cup of water.


Simply combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and bring to a boil. Take off of heat and add in sage leaves to steep.


Let the sage steep for at least 15 minutes. Taste the syrup and if the flavor is where you want it, strain out the sage leaves using a fine mesh strainer. Pour syrup once cooled to room temperature into a glass bottle or jar and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Try this with rhubarb syrup or Lavender syrup, too!

green sage simple syrup in a tall bottle, wood bowl and spoon with sugar. Sage leaves in front and behind bottle

Tips & Tricks

  • Can Simple Syrups go bad? They can get moldy if they sit too long. We encourage you to store it in the fridge in a jar, but for no more than one to two weeks. We actually have a whole shelf of simple syrups in our fridge at any given time!
  • Sweetener – if you don’t want to use white sugar in this recipe, feel free to sub out other options. Some suggestions are maple syrup, Stevia, honey, or brown sugar.
  • Other Uses – use this sage infused simple syrup in the easiest ways in iced tea and lemonade, not just in sage cocktails. Remember the herbal flavor goes well in your favorite cocktails, classic cocktails and even fall cocktails. You can even make some flavored simple syrup and freeze it in ice cube trays and then you have it to use throughout the winter months. So, plan ahead this fall and then you have this herbal syrup for next time you can’t make fresh! Just remember sage goes really well with fresh berries. Try spiced honey syrup this way too!




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green sage simple syrup in a tall bottle, wood bowl and spoon with sugar. Sage leaves in front and behind bottle
Yield: 1

Sage Simple Syrup

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Infusion Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes

Sage simple syrup perfect for cocktails, mocktails and drinks.


Sage Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 10-12 sage leaves


Bring the water to a boil.

Add in sugar, stir to dissolve.

Add the sage leaves, let the infusion boil for 60 seconds.

Remove pan from heat, let steep for 30 minutes-1 hour depending on how strong you would like it.

Pour the cooled syrup through a mesh strainer into an airtight jar or container.

This may be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 0g

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Wednesday 16th of March 2016

This recipe looks so simple and easy to make! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing :))

The 'Noms.

Thursday 17th of March 2016

It is so easy! Hope you try it out!


Tuesday 15th of March 2016

great, but so simple. it remains to find fresh sage :)

The 'Noms.

Thursday 17th of March 2016

Thanks! Hope you find some!

Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

Monday 14th of March 2016

Ooooh first rosemary now sage? NICE!!! I would have never thought to use fresh herbs for simple syrup!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 17th of March 2016

Thanks! We try! Haha! We have a basil one, too! And thyme......LOL! Enjoy!

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