One of the things that I love about cocktails is how limitless the options are. Once you’ve accumulated a sufficient collection of hard liquor and mixer options, you can pretty much make anything. Sometimes I have an idea for one cocktail, and end up being inspired to try three other options. Usually when I’m trying different things I make baby versions of the cocktails so I don’t have as much waste and well…sometimes you have to sample a few batches…
A great, and inexpensive way, to mix up your homemade cocktails is to make your own flavored simple syrups. This is something you’ve seen a few times around here (1, 2) because we’re big fans of it. All you need is sugar, water, and your flavor of choice. I’m currently really loving making herb-infused syrups, so get excited to see more herby cocktails in the near future! This one is sweet and a little tart and oh-so refreshing!
Rosemary Grapefruit Spritzer:
1 oz. vodka
3 oz. grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
Mix vodka, grapefruit juice, and rosemary in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake thoroughly. Pour into martini glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of grapefruit.
Rosemary Simple Syrup:
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
3 sprigs of washed rosemary
Combine all ingredients in a pot and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the sugar as dissolved and you feel the rosemary is sufficiently infused. Let cool. Strain rosemary from simple syrup, and store in the fridge.