Bartender Ryan Brown crafted this cocktail as a counterpoint to the typical fruity drinks, which he says tend to have only one dominating flavor. He says his creation has "lots of layers" and that the combination of sage and grilled mango "adds smoky and herbal notes that play on the senses."
- 1 3/4 ounces reposado tequila
- ½ ounce mango liqueur (such as Patrón Citrónge)
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¾ ounce agave or simple syrup
- pinch of salt
- 6 sage leaves (reserve 2 for garnish)
- 1 mango, cut lengthwise into half-inch–thick slices
Cook mango slices in a grill pan over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes each side. (Alternatively, use a non-stick stovetop griddle.)
Combine first five ingredients with four sage leaves in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill.
Holding a fine mesh strainer in one hand, double strain by pouring the drink through it into an ice-filled old fashioned glass.
Garnish with two sage leaves and a mango slice.