TGIF! Happy hour awaits, no? Last weekend I was feeling very inspired by the warm weather here in Maryland and decided to mix up a few, tasty cocktails. I'm usually a wine or a champagne drinker when Sam and I go out but, I also love to step outside of my comfort zone and try a fancy cocktail combo on the menu from time to time. I've found that I'm specifically drawn to mixed drinks that incorporate fresh herbs and squeezed juice. So, I decided to create my very own cocktail to enjoy at home using all of the flavors that I know I enjoy.
When I created the rosemary simple syrup for this cocktail, I immediately became enamored with the unique taste. So, forewarning, this will not be the last you'll see of this specific technique and/or recipe. It is so easy to make and truly elevates the cocktail and allows you to taste the fresh herbs in every sip. If we're being honest, it's only fair that you know that I have an entire Tupperware container filled with this rosemary simple syrup in my fridge right now. It's for, I don't know, a snack?
Makes 2 Cocktails
Rosemary Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. When the syrup starts to boil, lower the heat to maintain a simmer. Gently roll 5 sprigs of fresh rosemary between your hands to release the aromatic oils, then add it to the syrup. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, then remove the rosemary sprigs and strain the syrup if need be. Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, the syrup will keep for about 2 weeks.
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