Summer drinks have a totally different vibe than winter drinks for a good reason. Gone are the thick, warm fare of hot chocolate and egg nog, and in its place we want fresh flavors served as cold as possible. I love the flavor of fresh fruit and herbs together, and I like to have little pots of herbs on my back porch in warm weather so I can step out and get mint, rosemary, or cilantro any time I want. I've been really into grapefruits for the first time in my life lately, so I thought I'd combine the slightly tart citrus flavor with one of my favorite herbs for a pretty sparkling summertime cocktail.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
4 sprigs of rosemary
Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler, serves one
1 oz gin
2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
2 teaspoons rosemary simple syrup
rosemary and grapefruit peel to garnish
To make the simple syrup, add the sugar and water into a small pot and warm over medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Add in the rosemary sprigs and let it simmer on medium/low heat for five minutes. Turn the heat off and allow the mixture to sit for another 10 minutes before straining out the rosemary.
This is a little tart, a little sweet, a little bubbly, and a whole lot of refreshing. Totally the perfect drink for a summer porch party kind of night. And, if you also enjoy having a little container garden on your back porch, you can easily grow a pot of rosemary to enjoy this drink all summer long! xo. Laura
Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.