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bs-b-0627-drink (Gabriella Demczuk, Baltimore Sun / June 19, 2012)

A really good summer cocktail is a balanced equation. It should taste like the season itself: clean, simple, light. It should also look the part: bright, fresh, uncomplicated.

It's tough to find a drink that embodies these traits without overdoing the typical sweet-and-syrupy mix. Enter Townhouse Kitchen and Bar's stylishly simple Sage Coach.

The Sage Coach reflects the vibe of this newly opened Harbor East upscale-but-casual space.

"It's really easy to drink and yet goes with the experience we're trying to give our customers — something of fine quality without the stuffy, fine-dining feel," said general manager Tina Lavelle. The Sage Coach manages to embody this philosophy: classy and cool, yet approachable.

The cocktail is a showcase for Hendrick's Gin, a versatile cucumber- and rose-based infusion (or, as I like to call it, "the best gin ever").

Fresh cucumbers are muddled with a sage-infused simple syrup, shaken with gin, then topped with champagne. On the palate, the champagne sweetens the crisp taste of cucumber, then finishes the gin with a clean, herbaceous taste.

Fun, upbeat, and refreshing, the Sage Coach is addicting. Or, as Lavelle notes, "It leaves you wanting just one more … then one more. Then …"

How to make a Sage Coach

11/4 oz. Hendrick's Gin

3/4 oz. sage simple syrup

3 cucumber slices

Champagne

Muddle 2 cucumbers and sage syrup in a tumbler; add Hendricks. Shake and pour. Float with Champagne, then garnish with cucumber.

Where to get a Sage Coach

Townhouse Kitchen and Bar

1370 Lancaster St, Harbor East

443-268-0323

townhousebaltimore.com

$10