Tag Archives: sage

late summer sage :: friday at five

The Summer Sage

makes 1 drink

  • 6 slices red plum, as ripe and juicy as possible
  • 4 to 5 sage leaves, stems removed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 ounce simple syrup (more for a sweeter drink, less for a more pronounced whiskey taste.)
  • Splash (about 1/8 ounce) fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey

Add the plums, sage, and simple syrup to the bottom of a shaker, and muddle (or smoosh vigorously with the back of a spoon) until the plums form a nice mush. Fill the shaker with ice and add the lemon juice and whiskey. Shake and then double strain into a cocktail glass.

{via The Kitchn}

upcoming show :: nederland

The Annual  High Peaks Art Festival is a friendly outdoor, juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts in the beautiful mountain setting of Nederland, Colorado. The Festival is complemented by live music and food booths.

This years Festival includes 50 booths with work ranging from fabric to metal, photography to fine arts and crafts.

Located at the Town Square, directly behind the Nederland Vistors Center. Hwy 119 South. A beautiful drive.

Saturday, June 23rd: 10am-5pm
Sunday, June 24th: 10am-5pm

friday at five :: tequila & sage smash

Unlike most drinks that rely on very precise measurements, “a smash lets you feel your way around the drink,” says San Francisco bartender Erik Adkins. The amount of honey syrup you use will depend on the size and acidity of the lemons. “This cocktail should be rich with a strong midpalate, not bright and tart like a sour.”


  • 1/2 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 oz. añejo tequila
  • 3/4 oz. honey syrup (equal parts hot water and honey)
  • Ice cubes

Tools: shaker, muddler, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: spanked sage bouquet {kinda naughty}


Muddle the lemon in the bottom of a shaker. Add sage and gently muddle. Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake. Double strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

{via Imbibe, contributed by Erik Adkins, Heaven’s Dog, San Francisco}

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for the sage atelier blog.

A screen capture from over a year ago, we’ve come a long way baby…

We noted that the data was slightly off, our most popular day was on December 26th with 1,286 hits for that day alone, thanks to Desire to Inspire’s Reading Guide 2011.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

undertow :: jd sage


My father, JD Sage, three of a dozen in the Undertow Series, each 36″ x 28″.  Interested?  Contact me below. {see more of the series at Artworks Agency} Undertow is a phenomenal series of twelve works produced in 2004, rarely seen or offered until now.



greenwoman zine :: a sage blossom

What a lovely surprise to have such a flattering article appear on the Greenwoman Zine blog today.  Miss Frances is very pleased to have been mentioned {it truly made her day}.

A Sage Blossom – Artist Nadine Sage

While Greenwoman Magazine Issue #1 features some beautiful art (thank you again Rachael, Paul, Jane and Kim), it is a first issue, done on a shoestring and on a more-than-slightly-frenzied deadline. Rachael Kloster created most of the illustrations–in her spare time (ha, ha–yeah, I know–just what IS ”spare” time-anyway?) between full-time mothering of a precocious (and precious) toddler, nearly full-time employment AND, on top of it all, preparing to enter graduate school. Her work is fantastic but she could only do so much.

I’m happy to announce that her work will be a part of Issue #2, but this time I’m making sure the load will be shared by a few more just-as-talented artists.

We took an exciting step in that direction yesterday when Zora and I met with local papier collé artist extraordinaire Nadine Sage. I had seen Nadine’s work last year (on an outing with Rachael at the Business of Art Center) and my heart pitter-pattered. I looked up her site but didn’t have time to try to connect. Then, two weeks ago, I described her work to a local reporter. The reporter knew her work, her name. Yes,” I said, “that’s the one, Nadine Sage!” It was time–I wrote her on Sunday.

She wrote me back immediately; we hit it off.  Zora and I met with her yesterday morning. Nadine is as lovely and fascinating as her work and, thrill of thrills, she wants to help us out with the next issue! As added bonuses (and, oh my, there are many), she’s a veteran print publication editor and a genius at technical design (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator . . . pieces of cake all).  She was able, in just a few minutes over coffee and tea, paging through Issue #1, to give us some valuable pointers. Then she showed us her studio and we met her trio of charming lady canine companions (including baby Frances, the mignon petit French Bulldog).

Not long after we returned home I discovered that on Nadine’s show-stopping blog(it features art, design and decor) she had posted a sweet note about Greenwoman Magazine! What an amazing woman and what fun. I am SO looking forward to Issue #2.

friday at five {sage lady}


  • 1 1/2 parts Absolut Mango Vodka
  • 2-3 fresh sage leaves
  • 3 slices of cucumber
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 1/2 part Cointreau
  • dash of peach bitters


  1. Muddle cucumber, simple syrup and sage.
  2. Shake with ice.
  3. Fine strain into a cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a ‘spanked’ sage leaf.

friday at five : sage cocktail


  • 2 oz Absolut Mango Vodka
  • 2-3 Fresh sage leaves
  • .75 oz Lemon juice
  • 1 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • 1.5 oz Pomegranate juice

Garnish: Spanked sage leaf and cucumber wheel

Glass: Martini

PREPARATION: Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a spanked sage leaf and a cucumber wheel.

contributed by Absolute Vodka via {liquor}