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The Sojourner
Courtesy Elizabeth Wilson/Creative Loafing


1.75 oz. Four Roses Small Batch bourbon

0.3 oz. Fresh lemon juice

0.3 oz. St. Germain liqueur

0.3 oz. Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur

0.3 oz. Simple syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Several fresh save leaves

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the sage leaves (save one for a garnish) with the lemon juice. Add the remaining ingredients and ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass and garnish with a sage leaf.


A guy named James Ives created The Sojourner while he was at Atlanta restaurant 4th and Swift. The Sojourner calls for some specific ingredients and while you could use any medium-proof whiskey to make it, Ives originally called for the small batch version of Four Roses bourbon. He also originally used Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur, which is exactly what it sounds like, and in fact during a demonstration he once gave my wife and me, Ives said he created this drink in order to feature Zirbenz, which he'd discovered while living in Europe for a time. (He also told us he named all of his drinks after movies, though I don't know which one the Sojourner references.) Lately, a number of other distilleries have come up with their own pine liqueurs and they would probably do just as well in this drink, so knock yourself out with what's best to you. Also, you may be a bit perplexed by the 0.3 oz measurements, as it is a bit perplexing. That amount equals 1.8 US teaspoons, so two scant teaspoons will come pretty close.