We like the way a single large ice cube looks in each glass (look for these ice-cube trays online or in specialty stores), but smaller cubes work fine, too: Cut the sage leaves to fit the tray compartments and add two or three cubes to each glass. Fried padron peppers make a great accompaniment to these cocktails.
For the best you've ever tasted, think outside the box. This do-it-yourself mix can be customized with whatever nuts, seeds, and dried fruit sound good to you. (We've included some of our favorite combinations.)
This recipe is adapted from Sarah Copeland's forthcoming book, "Feast" (Chronicle Books).It's a little tricky to describe a drink as "addictive" without giving people the wrong idea (it can be spiked with a splash of gin if you like). But this sparkling, restorative cooler is just what we crave after the heavy foods of winter. Its allure and backbone come from sorrel, an herb renowned for its fresh, lemony sourness. The leaves also lend a high note to salads. And when sauteed in butter, they cook down into a flavorful puddle -- in other words, an instant sauce for seafood or poached eggs.