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Rosemary Lillet Spritzer – Cocktails from the Garden

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.

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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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Rosemary Lillet Spritzer

A delightful cocktail with Rosemary Simple Syrup, Lillet Blanc and Seltzer Water
4.75 from 4 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 408 kcal


  • 6 ounces Lillet Blanc chilled
  • 2 tablespoon Rosemary Simple Syrup chilled, see recipe below
  • 4 ounces Seltzer chilled
  • Sprig of Rosemary
  • Ice cubes

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 Rosemary sprigs


  • 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

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • Combine sugar and water in a saucepan
  • Cook over low heat until sugar dissolves
  • Once dissolved, turn off the heat and add rosemary sprigs
  • Let steep for several hours, at least 2.
  • Refrigerate for up to one week.


Serving: 1gCalories: 408kcalCarbohydrates: 104gFat: 1gSodium: 7mgFiber: 3gSugar: 100g
Keyword cocktail, lillet, rosemary, spritzer
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ingredients for rosemary lillet spritzer

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 Cheers my friends! Side note, don’t you love this gorgeous wood tray? I went to our local AR Workshop, a DIY craft boutique, with a friend a few weeks ago and made it. I am loving it on my back porch!

If you think you might like to make Rosemary Lillet Spritzer to welcome spring and summer, then by all means bookmark this page or pin this image for your future reference.

Lillet Blanc's unique, citrusy profile is perfect for warm-weather cocktails. This rosemary lillet spritzer combines Lillet Blanc with Rosmary Simple Syrup and Seltzer water for a bright and fresh drink.

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  1. this sounds oh so wonderful!! pics are very nice too…. I think I will try this one. Thanks for sharing and Happy Mothers Day!!

  2. Can’t wait to give this a try Lynn…it sounds wonderful. Spring has been off to an “odd” start up here in NJ with severe fluctuations in temperatures, so we haven’t started this year’s herb garden yet (though the vegetable seedlings we started inside are getting large and are waiting to be transplanted into their new outdoor home in our garden). I do have a a rather large rosemary plant that I moved indoors at the end of last year’s gardening season, and this looks like this is a perfect new recipe to use it in. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    1. Hey Dorene! It has been an odd year, hasn’t it? Everyone is ready for Spring to arrive.

      Rosemary is such a wonderful, hardy and useful herb…so many great things to make with it.

      Hope you enjoy your spritzer and have a great day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

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