Elixir of Sage March 29 2017

Elixirs are the historical precursors of modern day cough syrups. Elixir refers to a medicinal concoction that has sweetener added to it.
Sage has a drying and anti-inflammatory effect on the body, making this elixir good for ‘wet’ coughs. 
This delicious sage elixir can also be enjoyed as an apéritif.
You can learn more about making tinctures and tonics at home here.

Makes approx 450 ml

Acute conditions 10-15 drops every hour

Chronic conditions: 30-40 drops a day


20 - 30 dried sage leaves

250 ml vodka

200ml simple sugar*


Fill a 500 ml jar with dry sage leaves and cover with vodka. Replace lid. Leave on a window sill for approximately 30 days. Give it a good shake now and then.

To make the elixir strain the vodka from the jar and discard the leaves.

Make a simple sugar syrup (see below) and leave to cool. Mix the cooled sugar syrup and the sage vodka together. Cap and store in a cool dark place. Use within a year.

*Simple Sugar Syrup

150g caster sugar

150ml water

Dissolve sugar into water. Bring to a boil over a medium heat. Boil for one minute and allow to cool before use.