Elixir of Sage

Elixirs are the historical precursors of modern day cough syrups. Elixir refers to a medicinal concoction that has sweetener added to it.
Sage has a drying and anti-inflammatory effect on the body, making this elixir good for ‘wet’ coughs. This delicious sage elixir can also be enjoyed as an apéritif.

Makes approx 450 ml
Acute conditions 10-15 drops every hour
Chronic conditions: 30-40 drops a day


  • 20 - 30 dried sage leaves
  • 250 ml vodka
  • 200ml simple sugar*
*Simple Sugar Syrup
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150ml water



Fill a 500 ml jar with dry sage leaves and cover with vodka. Replace lid. Leave on a window sill for approximately 30 days. Give it a good shake now and then.

To make the elixir strain the vodka from the jar and discard the leaves.

Make a simple sugar syrup by dissolving sugar into water. Bring to a boil over a medium heat, boil for one minute and allow to cool. Mix the cooled sugar syrup and the sage vodka together. Cap and store in a cool dark place. Use within a year.