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Rosemary Infused Cocktails

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I’m a giant fan of simple syrup, which is exactly what it sounds like:  a simple combination of sugar and water combined over heat until it forms a syrup.  This concoction is a bar’s secret ingredient, and adds a hint of sweetness to some of my favorite cocktails.  It also can be infused with a million and one different things (I’m partial to mint, vanilla, and now, rosemary!).  We often don’t think of rosemary being part of a cocktail, but let me tell you, it’s wonderful!

On Christmas Eve, I made “Gin Sparklers” from one of my favorite food blogs, 101 Cookbooks.  They include freshly squeezed orange juice (I have lots of naval oranges after buying them from my neighbor who sold them for Fairfield Ludlow HS!), my new favorite gin (Hendrick’s–try it even if you think you don’t like gin, which normally I do not), some Pellegrino sparkling water (or plain seltzer), and a couple tablespoons of this rosemary simple syrup.  They were pretty and delicious, and definitely not your average cocktail!

Rosemary Simple Syrup

Makes about a cup

1 cup water

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 sprig fresh rosemary

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil and stir until all sugar has dissolved (this should only take a few minutes).  Remove from heat and cool completely.  Strain out rosemary and keep in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Top rosemary photo by cinnachick.

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