Bar Talk: Sage

By Updated: April 25, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: April 24, 2019 2:00 PM CT

Sage bartender Jay Gray whips up the restaurant’s signature cocktail, House of Sage, with a little help from Uncle Nearest whiskey.

Uncle Nearest was born Nathan Green near Lynchburg, Tennessee, and according to a 2017 article in The New York Times, worked after the Civil War with Jack Daniel. He is credited, at least in part if not in full, for the process that created the famous Tennessee whiskey. It seems clear he was the first African-American master distiller, and Brown-Forman has recognized Green as its first master distiller. (Jack Daniel is now the second on the list.)

Does his whiskey make a good cocktail? Try for yourself; my answer is yes.

House of Sage


2 sage leaves

3 blackberries

1 ½ ounces Uncle Nearest whiskey

1 ounce lemon juice

1 ounce triple sec

½ ounce pineapple juice

Sprite to top

Sage and blackberries for garnish


Muddle sage and blackberries in a shaker, add ice and ingredients through pineapple juice. Shake vigorously, pour over fresh ice, top with a bit of Sprite and garnish with blackberry and sage leaf.


Bar Talk Sage
Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs is a native Memphian and veteran food writer and journalist who covers all things food, dining and spirits related for The Daily Memphian.

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