I saw variations of this rosemary concoction on two separate occasions. Once on Joy the Baker‘s blog, and here. It was a calling. An omen. A sign that I needed, and I wanted to make this drink. I love love love gin, and I’m up to my neck with rosemary in my herb garden out back. It was perfect. It also worked out great since Mark and I have our official first real date night ever since Oliver has been born. We’re meeting up with some friends from out of town for dinner and drinks. This drink will be a perfect starter to the night. I can’t wait!
The rosemary and gin complement each other so well. And the lime, well, we all know a gin and tonic is best with a squeeze of lime. I used soda water instead of tonic, so the sweetness comes from homemade rosemary syrup. So easy to make and extremely refreshing to sip on.
I tossed in some fresh cranberries to make it holiday appropriate.
Cold club soda
Limes, for squeezing
Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
Fresh cranberries, for garnish
For the Rosemary Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
For the rosemary syrup, pour the water, sugar and rosemary sprigs in a small pan and bring to a boil, until sugar has dissolved. Let syrup cool for 30 minutes, then remove the sprigs of rosemary. Pour syrup into a seal-tight jar and store in the refrigerator.
For the drink, fill up a glass with ice, 2-3 tablespoons of rosemary syrup, a shot of gin, then top off with club soda, and a couple squeezes of lime. Then to make it all pretty, garnish your drink with a sprig of rosemary and a couple of fresh cranberries.
Recipe partly adapted from Joy the Baker