Downtown Sarasota's Sage recently began selling bottled versions of some of its cocktails, letting you bring home the flavors of the restaurant's popular bar. To make them, the restaurant is using a centrifuge and enzymes to remove solid particles from some of the ingredients, resulting in limpid concoctions that look great in a glass.
David Tlaiye, the restaurant's beverage director, said the flavors of the drinks are meant to "capture the distinct spirit of the holiday season in southwest Florida," according to a press release. "The brightness of citrus and hibiscus, balanced with more traditional holiday flavors like saffron and cinnamon, make our beverages both intricate and accessible," Tlaiye said.
Each bottled cocktail costs $23 and includes three servings, and they can all be picked up using Sage's curbside service. The menu includes "The Clarita" (a straightforward take on a margarita), "The Old Spaniard" (a spicy, rich old fashioned flavored with a saffron tincture and smoked cinnamon bitters), "The Clear Bird" (a tiki-style rum drink), "The Metropolitan" (a crisp, refreshing and herbal riff on a Cosmopolitan made with hibiscus tea in place of cranberry juice), a pineapple and coconut Daiquiri and a Negroni.
The citrus drinks should last between seven and 10 days; others can be stored for between two weeks and a month. They all come with garnishes. Just pour them over ice and get to sipping.
Sage is located at 1216 First St., Sarasota. For more info, call (941) 445-5660 or visit the restaurant's website.