Rosemary Gin Fizz
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© Brian Bowen Smith
Everyone likes a good party drink, and this twist on the original gin fizz is slightly unconventional without landing anyone in unfamiliar territory. In fact, experience leads me to predict you should prepare for compliments. I like this for the blast of lemon, lime, and rosemary, which refreshes without too much sweetness, and is followed by a revelation of aromatic gin. I make the simple syrup ahead of time and steep the rosemary to ensure a healthy transfer of flavor. The syrup’s main purpose is to level the tartness of the lemon-lime juice. I serve this in a rocks glass with ice and add a sprig of freshly cut rosemary from my garden.
Rosemary Gin Fiz Instructions
1. Combine the gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2. Cover with the lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds.
3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
4. Top with the seltzer water, and garnish with the rosemary sprig and lemon slice.
1/4 cup (2 ounces) gin
2 tablespoons Rosemary Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup seltzer water
1 small rosemary sprig
Lemon or lime slice
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Rosemary Simple Syrup Instructions
1. Stir together the sugar, water, and rosemary sprigs in a small saucepan over medium. Bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring, and gently muddle the rosemary with a wooden spoon, until the sugar has completely dissolved, about 1 minute.
2. Remove from the heat, and cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
3. Strain into a small, airtight container, discarding the rosemary, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
4 rosemary sprigs
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