with mocktail option
This cocktail is ready within 10 minutes and is refined sugar-free. It’s so delicious, it will likely make you feel like you’re on a night out at your favorite hotspot, even though you’ve made it yourself! It tastes like it was an elaborate feat to create; no one needs to know how easy it really was!
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!
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.
Rosemary Gin Fizz cocktail Recipe
with mocktail option
VEGAN | QUICK | EASY | GLUTEN-FREE | refined sugar-FREE | drink
Makes two drinks
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
How to muddle: Muddling just means to press the ingredient, in this case rosemary, against the side of its container, in this case a pot on the stove. This helps release the flavor.
How to peel a lemon: Use a regular peeler, like you’d use for carrots or potatoes, to peel a chunk off of a lemon or lime. It peels easily! Any size of lemon peel is fine.
2 tablespoons coconut sugar or maple syrup
2 tablespoons filtered water
three rosemary sprigs (two are for garnishing)
¼ cup gin (or omit)
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice - or a combination
12 ounces selter water (plain, lemon, or lime)
ice for the shaker and two glasses
two pieces of lemon peel for garnish
Make the rosemary syrup: In a small pot on the stove, combine the coconut sugar or 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, then strain from the shaker equally into each glass. Top with seltzer water and garnish with lemon peel and a rosemary sprig.