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Citrus Honey Sage Drink

This zesty citrus and honey mocktail has a delicious herby note from fresh sage leaves, sweetness from honey, and plenty of brightness from mandarin and lemon juice. It's a refreshing and light sip any time of year. 
Course Drinks
Keyword beverage, citrus, classic, drinks, easy, healthy, homemade, honey, indulge, mocktail, recipe, sage, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea


  • 1 cup fresh water
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 1 cup juice of a mandarin or tangerine
  • 1 Tbsp juice of a lemon (See Notes!)
  • 2 Tbsps Agave syrup (See Notes!)


  • To begin, In a medium pot over medium-high heat, add water and let it begin to boil. Once boiling, add the sage leaves and honey boil for 2-3 minutes before turning off heat and letting everything steep (while covered), about 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl, add together the fresh mandarins or tangerines and lemon juice, mulling (crushing) everything until fruit are fully broke down. Add Agave and stir until combined. Set aside.
  • Once fully steeped, remove sage leaves and pour mixture into a medium pitcher (or medium bowl that can be easily poured) and set aside.
  • To Make Mocktails: Add crushed ice to a glass, fill 1/2 of the glass with the Honey-Sage Syrup, then 1/3 of it with the citrus mixture and add sliced mandarin or tangerine and sage leaves inside the glasses as garnish, if desired. Repeat for every serving. 
  • Sip and Enjoy!


  • STORAGE: Honey-Sage syrup can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed jar for up to a week. **Can be made as a traditional Honey-Sage drink/tea (once warmed) with additional sage leaves OR enjoyed as this mocktail recipe.
  • SWEETENER: Instead of Agave, you can always use pure cane sugar or maple syrup to sweeten.
  • LEMON: Instead of using lemon juice, you can always use lime juice as a substitute.