The first in a series of recipes for Cocktails from the Garden, this Rosemary Lillet Spritzer will be a warm weather favorite.
Happy Friday! And even better, it's a Spring-y, almost Summer-y Friday here.
In fact, we went from 40s on Monday to 80s on Friday…I think we had Spring for a wee bit on Wednesday…it was delightful!
For a variety of reasons, we will not be planting our vegetable garden this year (sad face), but the herb garden on my back deck is just taking off and offering up all sorts of tasty treats. I am challenging myself to find new ways to use my herbs this year…trying to think outside of the ‘pesto' box, so to speak.
To that end, this post will be the first of a series of posts sharing cocktail recipes spotlighting herbs as an ingredient. And I'm not talking just a garnish role…I'm looking for real ingredient players here.
The first recipe in this series is this Rosemary Lillet Spritzer.
I feel a little guilty saying this, a bit like admitting you love one of your children more than the other, but I kinda love Rosemary a little more than the other herbs. I guess it shouldn't come too much as a surprise, I am on record as being a founding member of the I ❤ Rosemary fan club. That being said, it's only natural that my first recipe should feature my fav Rosemary.
I made a delightfully scented Rosemary Simple Syrup to give a little fresh and piney aroma to this cocktail.
I am a recent convert to Lillet Blanc, an aperitif that is 85% wine and 15% macerated fruit (primarily sweet oranges). It's a tad heavier than a traditional white wine in my opinion, so adding a dash of seltzer or mineral water to it really enhances it.
So in a nutshell, you have a lightly fruited and lightly sparkly cocktail with a subtle hint of rosemary…isn't that what hot Friday afternoons are made for?
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A delightful cocktail with Rosemary Simple Syrup, Lillet Blanc and Seltzer Water
Place ice cubes in 2 glasses and divide Lillet Blanc and simple syrup between the 2 glasses..
Mix to combine
Add Seltzer Water and Rosemary sprig
Combine sugar and water in saucepan
Cook over low heat until sugar dissolves
Once dissolved, turn off heat and add rosemary sprigs
Let steep for several hours, at least 2.
Refrigerate for up to one week.
Cheers my friends!
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