In celebration of all the May birthdays in my family (that's me, Rodney, Kathy, Meaghan and Patrick) I have a super fun, get-you-tipsy-without-realizing-it, sparkly cocktail. If you've ever made a mojito at home, you've made simple syrup by dissolving sugar in water. For this drink, we dissolve sugar in fresh-squeezed lemon juice and infuse it with fresh rosemary - ooo, yum! After a few hours of cooling (but if you can't wait you can put it in the fridge), you mix up your simple syrup with vodka and a splash of club soda or seltzer to give it a kick and some fizz. You can make this without vodka, but I wouldn't recommend it. Happy Birthday (or un-Birthday as the case may be)!
Adapted from a recipe in Gourmet May 2009
Time: 10 minutes active; about 2 hrs 10 min total
Price: ~$6.20 total; ~$1.55 per drink
Nutrition (per serving):
Saturated Fat: 0g
I have six rosemary plants in the front yard - all different varieties.
1 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
2 (8") rosemary sprigs, cut in half
3/4 cup vodka
About 1/2 cup club soda or seltzer, chilled
1. Pour the lemon juice and sugar into a small pot. Add rosemary sprigs. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Then turn heat to low and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit at least 2 hours or up to overnight, if you really love rosemary.
Sugar, lemon juice and rosemary into the pot.
Right when it's coming to a boil - the sugar is dissolved.
After sitting for two hours, the rosemary begins to brown.
2. Remove the rosemary from the syrup. Fill glasses with ice and divide the syrup among them. Divide vodka among glasses and top with club soda or seltzer. Shake and serve, garnished with lemon zest and a small rosemary sprig.
You'll get almost 1 1/4 cup of the simple syrup.