I knew that this past weekend was going to be absolutely full of visiting family and friends coming and going and I planned to be prepared. I wanted to have a fun spring cocktail that paid homage to this past week of beautiful weather, ready to serve. Our rosemary bush seems to have perked up with this sampling of spring weather so I took advantage and made enough rosemary simple syrup to last us through the weekend. The Rosemary Gin Fizz was a big hit and I can see it making regular appearances throughout our spring and summer.
The Monday morning after daylight savings is always surprisingly difficult to wake up to, but that extra hour of sunlight we start enjoying this evening will be such a treat. After all the chaos of the weekend I am very much looking forward to what should be a nice slow week. I have just enough rosemary simple syrup left over for Daniel and I to enjoy our first front porch evening cocktail of the season.
You will need:
- 2 oz gin
- 1/2 lemon
- Club soda
- 1 cup sugar (for the simple syrup)
First you will need to make your rosemary infused simple syrup. As the name implies, it is quite simple to make and I know I will never be buying it again. Combine one cup of sugar (I used raw sugar) and one cup of water in a small sauce pan over medium to high heat. Throw in a couple healthy sprigs of rosemary and bring it all to a boil, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved (About 5-6 minutes). You can store your simple syrup in a sealed container in the fridge for up to four weeks.
In your cocktail shaker full of ice combine the gin, lemon and two (or three) tablespoons of your rosemary simple syrup. Shake and pour over ice into your chosen cocktail glass. Top your glass off with club soda and garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of rosemary.
The last step is to put your drinks on a chic tray , take them out to the front porch and make a toast to welcome spring! Cheers and happy Monday everyone!