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Sage Pineapple Peppercorn Cocktail

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My brother and I created this cocktail together. We both wanted a drink featuring freshly cracked peppercorns. We didn’t want the cocktail to be too sweet, but we wanted the heat from the spice as a nod to the holiday season. This is that drink. The pineapple adds a great tart flavor, which is balanced out by the heat from the pepper and the sweet brown sugar. The bruised sage lends its scent without overpowering the drink. It’s quite simply amazing. The only debate is which alcohol tastes best in the cocktail. I prefer whiskey, although I'm not a whiskey drinker; but my brother prefers rum. The rest of the votes are split down the middle. Why not try it both ways?
For pineapple peppercorn syrup
  Pineapple juice 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Light brown sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Freshly cracked peppercorns 1 Tablespoon (Whole)
For pineapple peppercorn cocktail
  Pineapple peppercorn syrup 3 Ounce
  Fresh sage leaves 3 (Use 1 Sage Leaf For Garnish)
  Rum/Whiskey 1 1⁄2 Ounce
  Ice 5

For Pineapple Peppercorn Syrup: Combine pineapple juice, brown sugar and cracked peppercorns in small saucepan, and simmer over medium heat until liquid is reduced by one-third. Let syrup cool. Strain out peppercorns and transfer to a small glass or other non-reactive bowl.
For Pineapple Peppercorn Cocktail: Add syrup and 2 sage leaves to cocktail shaker. Muddle for about 10 seconds until sage leaves start to bruise. Add rum or whiskey and ice to syrup mixture. Shake until mixture is cold. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with “slapped” sage leaf. Note: "Slapping" refers to tapping the leaf against your hand to release its oil and fragrance.

About Christianne Klein:
Christianne Klein is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist, author, television host and former national news anchor for ABC News. She has appeared on numerous television programs, cooking her favorite healthy recipes, and also worked alongside Chef Emeril Lagasse on an episode of his show "Emeril Green". Known for growing and cooking with her own fresh herbs, Christianne has compiled her favorite recipes, information and beauty tips into one amazing cookbook, Christianne's Herbal Kitchen: Fresh Herb Recipes for Body and Soul. Christianne is the founder of Truth Fairy TV, a website devoted to health, beauty and inspiration.
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Sage Pineapple Peppercorn Cocktail Recipe