I’m the kind of girl that eats rather indiscriminately. I’m not a picky eater; in fact, in the words of Mae West, I’ll “try everything once, twice if I like it, and three times to make sure.” I’m a foodie at heart — what can I say?
Sadly, my palette isn’t quite as forgiving when it comes to happy hour. I know which alcohols suit my palette and I dare not stray. And, when it comes to cocktails,the standard, store-bought premixed varieties simply will not do. Not only do these sugary mixes boast a serious caloric overload, but also they rob of key notes and flavor pairings. Needless to say, they guarantee a nasty hangover, too.
Above all, I favor a cocktail that delivers fresh, clean flavors. This cocktail is just that: bright, elegant and, most importantly, delicious!
To make this cocktail, first you’ll need to make your own simple syrup. It sounds daunting, but it’s actually one of the easiest things in the world. Let’s get to it…
Rosemary Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 sprigs rosemary
Combine all three ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved and syrup is boiling. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Cocktail: Makes 1
1/2 red grapefruit, juiced
2 oz. gin (vodka would also make an excellent pairing!)
1 tsp. rosemary simple syrup
1 sprig rosemary (for garnish)
1 tsp. lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Return the lid and shake vigorously until cocktail is chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a martini glass or champagne coup. Top with a sprig of rosemary (a lemon wedge would also work nicely). Ready to serve; cheers!
What’s your go-to cocktail? Will you try this drink? Let me know in the comments below!