The Sage Julep at District American Kitchen

Since there's really no better accessory than a cocktail in your hand, each week Jackalope Ranch brings you a tasty adult beverage from one of our favorite drinking establishments, complete with recipe. This week: The Sage Julep at District American Kitchen.

District American Kitchen may look like your typical swanky hotel bar, but didn't your Momma ever tell you not to judge a book by its cover?

The upscale interior is indicative of its location inside The Sheraton Hotel in downtown Phoenix but its killer reverse happy hour deals, unpretentious bartenders and rooftop garden ingredients, gives it the kind of local cool factor we adore.

Nothing screams "refreshing summer cocktail" more than a lot of whiskey, a little freshly muddled sage and a blazing air conditioning unit.

Throw in a classy atmosphere and reasonable prices and consider our sweaty summer asses very happy.

(Recipe after the jump.)

2 oz. Makers Mark
1 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 oz. simple syrup
2 lime wedges
5 sage leaves

In a pint glass muddle fresh sage and lime wedges. Add ice, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and Makers. Sip and tell Toto it sure doesn't feel like you're in Phoenix anymore.

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