When we moved into our new apartment our friends gave us the best housewarming gift; one of pot of rosemary and another of mint. Amazingly, we haven’t kill them and have been tenderly picking leaves to add to eggs, pasta, potatoes and cocktails. For Thanksgiving, I wanted to make a cocktail that wasn’t overly sweet. One that would complement the flavors of the holidays. Now that we’ve made this, it will be reappearing all through Christmas and Chinese New Year.
Rosemary goes well with potatoes, chicken, turkey, biscuits, butter and just about everything else. So, why not cocktails? After making a lemon simple syrup, I added sprigs of rosemary to the hot syrup, infusing it with rosemary flavors. Heavenly.
To make an out-of-this-world cocktail mix equal parts vodka, rosemary lemon simple syrup and sparkling water in a sugar rimmed glass and garnish with a slice of lemon and rosemary leaves. A beautiful drink with delicate essences; it enhances the flavors of every season.
Rosemary Lemon Simple Syrup Cocktail
Simple Syrup Ingredients
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
3 sprigs of rosemary, washed
Mix water, sugar and lemon in a pot. Heat until sugar has melted. Stir often to ensure the sugar doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan. When the sugar is fully melted, take the syrup off the heat and add rosemary sprigs. Let sit for 20 minutes. Discard rosemary and bottle syrup. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Rub the rim of your glass with a slice of lemon and twirl the glass in a plate of sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Mix together equal parts vodka, rosemary lemon simple syrup and sparkling water. Garnish cocktail with a slice of lemon and a tiny sprig of rosemary. Impress your guests with your creation. Or enjoy on the couch with your loved one.
For stronger drinks mix 2 parts vodka with 1 part simple syrup and 1 part sparkling water. Forewarning, these are dangerously good.