Summer drinks have a totally different vibe than winter drinks for a good reason. Gone are the thick, warm fare of hot chocolate and egg nog, and in its place we want fresh flavors served as cold as possible.
I love the flavor of fresh fruit and herbs together, and I like to have little pots of herbs on my back porch in warm weather so I can step out and get mint, rosemary, or cilantro any time I want.
I’ve been really into grapefruits for the first time in my life lately, so I thought I’d combine the slightly tart citrus flavor with one of my favorite herbs for a pretty sparkling summertime cocktail.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
4 sprigs of rosemary
Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler, serves one
1 oz gin
2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
2 teaspoons rosemary simple syrup
rosemary and grapefruit peel to garnish
Add in the rosemary sprigs and let it simmer on medium/low heat for five minutes. Turn the heat off and allow the mixture to sit for another 10 minutes before straining out the rosemary.
And, if you also enjoy having a little container garden on your back porch, you can easily grow a pot of rosemary to enjoy this drink all summer long! xo. Laura
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for the homemade syrup:
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 4 sprigs of rosemary
- 1 oz gin
- 2 oz grapefruit juice (fresh)
- 2 teaspoons rosemary simple syrup (see recipe)
- seltzer water
- rosemary and grapefruit peel (for garnish)
- To make the simple syrup, add the sugar and water into a small pot and warm over medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Add in the rosemary sprigs and let it simmer on medium/low heat for five minutes. Turn the heat off and allow the mixture to sit for another 10 minutes before straining out the rosemary.
- For the drink, squeeze some fresh grapefruits and add 2 oz of juice to a cocktail glass with ice. Add 1 oz gin and 2 tablespoons of the rosemary syrup to the glass and stir.
- Top off with seltzer water. To make it look a little fancy, you can add a rosemary sprig and use a vegetable peeler to peel some of the grapefruit rind for a garnish.