chapter ii

chapter ii


Expanding Your "Cocktail Canon":Vodka Rosemary Lemonade Fizz

So, I have had several requests to put up the recipe for this drink that we served at our wedding, and I finally came across the sketch book I had filled with recipes/flowers/cakes and all sorts of ideas in the trunk of my car this evening and figured I'd post it for the weekend. Thank God my parents saved some Gourmets before the peeps took over and decided that Bon Appetit was a suitable substitution... :

Serves 8

Aromatic sprigs of rosemary smooth out vodka-spiked lemonade, providing a bracing counterpoint to the lusty flavors of the many antipasti dishes. It's a great addition to anyone's cocktail canon. 

1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup sugar
2 (8-inch)rosemary sprigs
1/2 cup vodka
   Chilled club soda or seltzer/ Topochicos
Garnish: 8 (3 inch) rosemary sprigs

*Bring lemon juice, sugar, and rosemary to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Discard rosemary sprigs. 
*Fill 8 (8 oz) glasses halfway with ice. Divide syrup (about 2 tbsp each) among glasses and add vodka. Top off with club soda. 

Cook's note: Rosemary syrup can be made 3 days ahead and chilled. Bring to room temperature before using.

And I also loved that in an awesome Vera Wang coffee table book my friend, Hays, sent I learned that rosemary's symbolism is of remembrance and fidelity. Which made them all the more delightful to enjoy on our wedding day, and happy to add them to our cocktail canon and our anniversary canon as well...

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