Site not look beautiful? Click here


Herbal remedy: Lavo’s Saggio starts with an aroma

This cocktail is all about aroma, freshness and instant gratification.
Photo: Christopher DeVargas

Eighty-five. That’s how many cocktails Tao Group Director of Beverage Tim Keller tasted with the company’s partners when they were deciding on the menu for Lavo at the Palazzo. They sipped, swirled and analyzed, then boiled down the roster to 10 signature libations ranging from the bubbly Lavolini to the coolly fruity Uva Bianco. And the drinks sell. In more than three years, they’ve hardly changed a thing.

That’s not because Keller played it safe with Lavo’s cocktail list. He says they skipped the ubiquitous standards for original beverages with more balance and personality. “A cosmopolitan is a cosmopolitan anywhere.”

And a mojito is a mojito. Instead, Keller recommends the Saggio ($14), a refreshing drink with all the herbaceousness of a mojito but made with sage and lemon juice for a bright citrus note that balances out the drink’s Stoli Blueberi base. It’s a cocktail that’s all about aroma, freshness and immediate gratification. Just how Keller likes it.

Lavo's Saggio


1 3/4 oz. Stoli Blueberi

1/4 oz. simple syrup

1/4 oz. lemon juice

10 sage leaves

1 oz. white cranberry juice

1/4 oz. soda

Method: Muddle the sage in a rocks glass with the lemon juice. Pour contents into a shaker and add all ingredients except the soda. Add ice to shaker and shake vigorously. Pour entire contents back into the original rocks glass. Top with soda and garnish with a sprig of sage.

Photo of Sarah Feldberg

Sarah Feldberg

Get more Sarah Feldberg

Commenting Policy

Previous Discussion:

  • The Container Park bar's seasonal creations run far and wild.

  • And that's just the beginning of the Gaudi Bar's innovative drinks. Winter is coming.

  • Get More Cocktail Stories
Top of Story