with mocktail option
This is a sugar-free Rosemary Gin Fizz cocktail that's ready within 10 minutes - maple syrup is used instead of sugar. What could be better? It’s so delicious, it will likely make you feel like you’re on a night out at your favorite hoteaspoonot, even though you’ve made it yourself! It tastes complex, yet it's so easy to make!
With fresh rosemary blooming all around me right now, I felt the need to create something special with it, beyond the usual (yet delicious) pasta we’ve been having. So, here is my take on a Rosemary Gin Fizz, using maple syrup or coconut sugar instead of refined sugar, a citrus zing, and that wonderful, woodsy rosemary flavor. The combination is so wonderful, and the bubbles from the seltzer water provide a nice texture to the drink.
Gin is the ideal alcohol to use in this drink. Since it’s derived from juniper, it adds another layer of woodsy flavor to the drink. As much as I love gin in this drink, it’s also delicious without it. I have a family member who is allergic to juniper, so he doesn’t drink gin and appreciates that this drink tastes great without it, too. I enjoy it either way!
Refined Sugar-Free Rosemary Syrup
Making the rosemary syrup is not a big deal at all. It only takes a few minutes to heat up and one minute to boil, so no worries - this drink still comes together quickly! If you’re lucky enough to have lots of fresh rosemary around, you can make a bigger batch to keep in your fridge and try in different ways, like over pancakes or waffles, tea, or salad dressing. The scent is amazing, especially with maple syrup as the sweetener instead of sugar.
Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe with Mocktail Option
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons filtered water
- 3 rosemary sprigs two are for garnishing
- ¼ cup gin or omit
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice or lime juice
- 12 ounces sparkling water plain, lemon, or lime
- ice for the shaker and two glasses ice for glasses is optional
- 2 pieces lemon peel for garnish
- Make the rosemary syrup: In a small pot on the stove, combine the maple syrup, water, and one rosemary sprig and bring to a boil. Boil for 90 seconds, then remove from heat and allow to cool a couple minutes.
- With ice in your shaker, add the gin, citrus juice, and rosemary syrup and shake vigorously.
- Add ice to two glasses (if using), then strain from the shaker equally into each glass. Top each with sparkling water and garnish with a lemon peel and a rosemary sprig.