Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Rosemary Citrus Sparkler

It seems like most of my friends don't drink much anymore. I can invite over most of the family of choice and we won't finish off a single bottle of wine. But on an occasion, it is nice to be able to offer a cocktail -- or "mocktail" if you can stand that moniker! Here's one that is really wonderful. I made the syrup up a few days in advance and saved it in the fridge. The big night, we poured an ounce over ice and topped with seltzer. Try it! You will love it!

The original recipe came from here. I've modified it.

Rosemary Citrus Spritzer

Zest of 2 oranges
Juice of lemons and oranges to make a cup of juice. I used Cara Cara oranges and Meyer lemons
3/4 cup sugar
4 3" pieces of Rosemary, washed

Sparkling water

Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, orange juice, sugar, and rosemary to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Boil the mixture for one minute, stirring constantly, then remove the pan from the heat and let it sit for about 10 minutes.  Strain out the solids and pour the syrup into a container.  Refrigerate it until you’re ready to use it.

To serve, add ice to a glass, pour in as much gin as desired, add a couple of tablespoons of rosemary citrus syrup, and top with sparkling water

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