Whiskey Beet Cocktail


This cocktail starts with a tart beet and sage shrub.

Whiskey-Beet Cocktail
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
1 day
Total Time:
20 mins


  • ¼ cup (2 oz.) Beet Sage Shrub

  • ¼ cup (2 oz.) rye whiskey

  • 2 tablespoon (1 oz.) lemon juice

  • Dash bitters

  • Ice cubes

  • cup club soda, chilled

  • Lemon slice and sage sprig

Beet Sage Shrub

  • 2 cup chopped peeled fresh beets

  • 1 cup cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage

  • cup maple syrup

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. In a cocktail shaker combine Beet Sage Shrub, rye, lemon juice, and bitters. Add ice cubes; cover and shake until very cold. Strain liquid into an ice-filled glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with lemon slice and sage sprig.

Beet Sage Shrub

  1. In a blender or food processor combine beets, vinegar, and sage. Cover and blend or process until nearly smooth. Press through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard solids. Stir in maple syrup and salt. Cover and chill at least 24 hours. Flavor continues to improve up to 3 days.


If desired, for each drink, muddle 3 fresh sage leaves in bottom of the cocktail shaker. Substitute 3 Tbsp. beet juice blend and 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup for the shrub.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

242 Calories
27g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Sodium 220mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 16.3mg 81%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 257mg 5%
Folate, total 50.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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