Based off the recipe from The Farmhouse Project: (

One of my other creative pursuits is participating in a friendly Instagram “Plate Off” competition ( This was my entry for December’s competition themed Holiday Cocktail Hour. The poppyseed bread pictured was baked by my future mother-in-law. 

Honey Sage Old Fashioned and Poppyseed Bread.

Sage Simple Syrup

1 cup cold water

1 cup white sugar

Two sprigs of sage (10-15 leaves)

Honey Sage Old Fashioned

1 shot Bourbon

Sage Simple Syrup to taste

1 tsp honey

Dash of angostura bitters

Orange peels and sage leaves for garnish


  1. To make the sage simple syrup, combine the sugar, water, and sage leaves in a saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 5 mins. Cool before using. Can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
  2. Combine Bourbon, sage simple syrup, honey, and bitters over ice in a shaker. Shake gently to combine and serve. (We added the honey at this step. In the Farmhouse Project recipe they made their sage simple syrup with honey instead of white sugar. See their recipe for more information.)

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