Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler

Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler (click through for recipe 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.

Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler (click through for recipe Rosemary Simple Syrup, makes 1/2 cup

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
seltzer water
rosemary and grapefruit peel to garnish

Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler (click through for recipe)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.

Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler (click through for recipe 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.

Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler (click through for recipe 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.

Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler (click through for recipe Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler (click through for recipe This is a little tart, a little sweet, a little bubbly, and a whole lot of refreshing. Totally the perfect drink for a summer porch party kind of night. 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

Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler

Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary

cocktail

  • 1 oz gin
  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary simple syrup
  • seltzer water
  • rosemary and grapefruit peel to garnish

Instructions

  • 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.

Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Not trying to be an internet troll, but summer is the exact wrong time to make a citrus drink! Citrus is in season starting late November through Feb/March.

  • I tried it (twice) and it’s so yummy ! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • this sounds delish! I would make it nonalcoholic with sparkling water instead of gin, but it’d be perfect to enjoy out on the new patio swing! We just made our own custom swing cushions and I can’t wait to spend the summer on it! http://www.shehlagrr.com/2016/05/diy-patio-swing-refinish.html

  • The drink looks absolutely delicious. We are loving the matching gold stripes and straw, too. Presentation always gives that extra special feeling to something. 🙂

  • I mean this cocktail is a work of art! #swoon… and where did you purchase those tumblers? Thx!

  • Sadly I hate gin! Do you think I could try this recipe with another alcohol? Maybe vodka?
    xx Caroline

    https://carolinespassion.wordpress.com

  • LOVE rosemary. HATE grapefruit. I was wondering whether the sugar would be enough to take the combined bitterness away but you said a little tarty, it probably goes well in that regard for a nice summer drink.

    Charlie xx
    momentsbycharlie.com

  • This sparkler looks so refreshing! And, it provides the perfect excuse for me to plan a get together to start the weekend.

    Happy Wednesday
    www.lovecompassionatelee.com/thinkoutloud

  • Ha! That’s hilarious! Love those books…

    Laura 🙂

  • I’ve actually been looking for a good Rosemary and grapefruit cocktail for a while now. I’m planning my best friend’s bachelorette party (renting a cottage by a lake in Mont-Tremblant, QC) and I wanted to make a special cocktail for the first night and since she loves rosemary, I figured finding a cocktail showcasing this herb would be perfect. My only issue here is that she hates fizzy/sparkly drinks (she says the fizziness assaults her taste buds). I’ll have to try to make this with normal water and make it more like “lemonade” kinda thing.

  • Wow,this looks and must taste heavenly ! I love love love rosemary and grape fruit but never thought about putting them in a drink. Thanks for the recipe ♡

  • Your comment about summer and winter drinks reminded me of this crazy thing I read in one of the Little House on the Prairie books; there’s a passage where Pa is working out in the field, in the hot sun, and in the heat of the day it says Laura brings him a bucket of cool eggnog to drink! I don’t know if it was for extra energy or what, but I couldn’t imagine drinking eggnog on a hot summer day!

  • It’s a gin cocktail! I love those! And I do have to make this rosemary syrup, it’s now been the second time I have read about it. Must be the essential syrup for summer!
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  • This drink sounds so good! I’m definitely going to have to try making it, great post!

    Ella xx
    www.ellaselement.blogspot.co.uk

  • Super duper recepy. I will try this at home. I really love sparkling water!

  • Love all of the above ingredients (well I would substitute the gin for rum) Such a great recipe =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

  • Yum! These look delicious. And I love that glassware!

  • So purrrrrrrdy! I never would have thought to make the grapefruit rind look like ribbon candy! Nice!

  • This sounds and looks delicious! Love grapefruit and would love to try the combination of the citrus and rosemary. However here in Australia we are coming into winter so I have a feeling this post will be bookmarked until next summer or spring! x

  • Yum! This looks so refreshing! It’s already starting to heat up in Phoenix, so this sounds so nice!

    Laura
    http://laurelandfern.com/

  • Yum! We picked up a bunch of herbs over the weekend and rosemary was one of them. This is a must try and very soon!

  • It’d be perfect if only sun didn’t decide to leave us already!

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