Dishing Up the Dirt

Blackberry & Sage Champagne Cocktails

We are bringing cocktail hour back to Tumbleweed Farm and I think you all should join in on the fun.

I know I complain about the weather too much but man, it’s hot here! I mean really hot. It’s so damn hot that I burned and blistered my knees while planting 500 heads of lettuce into our south field the other day. Whomp whomp. I should know better-wear jeans not shorts on these extremely hot days.

The good news is that we have been ditching farm chores early and jumping into a nearby lake to cool off. It’s amazing how quickly the dirt, grime and sore muscles just melt away in the chilly water. I can’t get enough!

Another thing I can’t seem to get enough of are these cocktails. It’s blackberry season and these drinks are where it’s at. We have a ton of sage at the farm and wild blackberries everywhere. With the addition of a little honey and champagne these drinks have become a favorite in our household and I hope you all enjoy them too. For a non-alcoholic version replace the champagne with sparkling water. Sit back, relax, and cool off with these lovely cocktails. Cheers!

Blackberry & Sage Champagne Cocktails

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 10 minutes    Serves: 8 cocktails

  • 2 bottles of bubbly
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5-6 fresh sage leaves + more for garnish
  • 1 pound fresh blackberries + more for garnish


  1. Combine the honey and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir often and once it's about to reach the point of boiling turn off the heat and add the blackberries and whole sage leaves. Stir until well combined.
  2. Once the syrup as cooled and the berries have broken down a bit pour the mixture (including the sage leaves) into a blender and blend until smooth. Then pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve (to remove any blackberry seeds) You will end up with about 2 cups of simple syrup. Keep cool until ready to serve.
  3. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the syrup to each glass and add champagne. Pour in a couple of blackberries and a few sage leaves for garnish and enjoy.


*You will end up with extra simple syrup. It will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days and tastes great on ice cream! *Recipe lightly adapted from The Kitchn

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13 thoughts on “Blackberry & Sage Champagne Cocktails

  1. amy says:

    These look delish!!!!!

  2. Jenny H. says:

    Your pictures are beautiful. I can’t wait to try this recipe – sounds better than Mimosas, and I love those!

  3. Gorgeous cocktails! They sound delicious.
    I’m sorry to hear about your knees, ouch! I’m sure they’ll heal up fairly quick considering all of the healthy skin-renewing recipes you make. đŸ˜‰

  4. Heather B says:

    Not as painful as your knees, I’m sure, but your delicious adult beverage recommendations are killing me!!! Given our recent conversation, I had to comment. And of course, in 2.5 loooooong months I will be imbibing to your every recommendation. Until then, I may make baby and I the virgin version!

    1. Andrea says:

      haha! When you can drink again I’ll make another batch of these!!! Until then, the virgin version will have to do! Cheers!

  5. Melmarilyn says:

    This looks absolutely great! I can’t wait to try. Printing the recipe off now!

  6. Francesca says:

    You deserve a jug of this lady. Cheers!

  7. Girl, these are possibly your most beautiful pictures EVER. Your photography skills are obviously amazing, and I think those juicy blackberries help, too. These look like the perfect summer drink!

  8. Oh dear! Your knees! I hope this incredibly genuis bubbly helped. Sage and blackberries in fizzy water (or champagne I suppose too) sounds wonderful.

  9. My goodness you’ve planted a lot of lettuce! This bubbly is well deserved as in the dips in the lake! I have all the ingredients, as the blackberries are really coming in nicely here too, except for fresh sage. I am thinking a mint leaf or two may be in order? Thank you for the beautiful photographs and inspiration for this mouthwatering sipper!

  10. This cocktail looks so refreshing. I say we take a few to the lake.

  11. michelle says:

    could you use frozen blackberries if you can’t find fresh

    1. Andrea says:

      sure! just that them first!

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