I’m usually not this stoked on a Tuesday but it’s my mo-day. One-mo-day until my little vacation. It will be a stay-cation and it will be glorious provided the weather is on my side.
I was going to wait until Wednesday to post, but I hope to be kicking it off in the sun in my lawn chair with some wine, watching my dogs play in the dog pool or reading A Clash of Kings. (P.S. If you guys are Game of Thrones readers/watchers and are reeling from last Sunday’s episode, this cute article from Buzzfeed might make you smile).
Where there is vacation (at least in my case) there is alcohol. I’ve made an unofficial pact with myself that this will be the Summer of hard liquor, found only in the form of fancy and refreshing cocktails.
Cocktails are so popular now, even my sweet little city hosted Imbibe last February (P.P.S a huge thanks to Halifax Event planners for being so on trend). My favorite type of cocktails are sour, or at least minimally sweet, with some sort of savoury component (like herbs or bitters) and premium spirits.
I’m kicking my Summer cocktails off by mixing you up two delicious drinks with similar ingredients but quite different taste. Equally easy, they revolve around gin and rosemary simple syrup.
Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1 cup of white sugar (vegetarian friendly) can use coconut/turbinado sugar but it will darken the drink
- 3/4 cup of spring/ filtered water
- 2 whole sprigs of fresh rosemary
To make the simple syrup heat all ingredients over medium heat. Stir continuously until the sugar is completely dissolved. There is no need to bring it to a boil unless you want to thicken the syrup for any reason. Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Rosemary Gin Lemonade
If you want an easy drinking adult lemonade you will be extremely happy with this slightly sweeter of the two drink options. It’s cool and refreshing and the Tanqueray gin is balanced well with the herby rosemary syrup. I used PC’s Old Fashioned Lemonade but if you want to up the ante, make your family’s lemonade recipe from scratch and sweeten with the rosemary simple syrup.
- 1 oz of gin
- 1 tsp of rosemary simple syrup
- 4 oz of PC Old Fashioned Lemonade
- 1 sprig of rosemary and a lemon slice for garnish
Add two ice cubes, rosemary simple syrup, gin and lemonade to a martini shaker. Shake well, pour into a tumbler with ice. Garnish with a lemon slice and a sprig of rosemary.
Grapefruit Rosemary Fizz
Love sour and slightly bitter flavours? This semi-bubbly dry gin cocktail really cools you down. It’s pretty in pink cocktail and as refreshing as it is easy to make. Use your favorite grapefruit juice and sparkling water.
- 1 oz of gin
- 1 tsp rosemary simple syrup
- 2 oz of grapefruit juice
- sparkling water
- 1 sprig of rosemary for garnish
Add two ice cubes to the bottom of a tumbler. Top with gin, rosemary simple syrup and 2 oz of grapefruit juice. Stir and top with sparkling water until the glass is near full. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.