Gin is a recent discovery for me, and my new favorite hard alcohol. It feels more grown-up than tequila, and to me tastes less like rubbing alcohol than vodka. This aromatic liquor is made from juniper berries, and pairs really well with citrus juices like lime and grapefruit. One of my new favorite gin drinks is the Italian Greyhound--a blend of gin, grapefruit juice, and Italian bitters like Aperol or Campari. After finding a few recipes online which used rosemary, and not being huge fans of bitters, Celene and I decided to create our own take on this new fave.
1 tablespoon, Rosemary and Grapefruit Simple Syrup (directions below)
1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
1/4 cup sugar
1 – 2 ounces gin
4 ounces grapefruit juice
To make the simple syrup, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan. Add one sprig of rosemary and a few twists of grapefruit peel. Bring mixture to a boil and remove from heat. Let grapefruit and rosemary steep in the liquid to deepen the flavor.
Combine sugar and chopped rosemary in a dish. Using a sliced grapefruit, moisten the rim of a small glass, and dip in the sugar mixture to coat. Add ice to the glass, and pour in simple syrup, gin, and grapefruit juice. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and a sprig of rosemary. Enjoy!