I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend, we had such a great little four day break! We went away to my parents from Friday until last night and just had a perfect time. We went ate well, enjoyed the PERFECT weather, took in my cousin’s t-ball game, had a tie dye party for his birthday, visited with our family and golfed. It’s hard getting back in to the swing of things, but it seems like the fourth of July is right around the corner! I love Memorial Day for so many reasons (and of course, have to thank everyone who serves or has served as well as their families) but most of all because it signifies that summer is really here. After one of the harshest winters I have ever witnessed, it seemed like it would never get here this year but I’m happy that it has. I have been thinking up a great gin cocktail to try over the weekend because I typically don’t drink gin but my dad does so I figured it would be perfect timing. This drink is perfection for summer because it’s complex in flavor, refreshing and just something different to try. It had a rosary simple syrup that pairs perfectly with the notes from the gin, fresh squeezed orange juice and tonic water which just gives it a nice fizz.
Start off by making the simple syrup. People really underestimate how big of a difference simple syrups make in a cocktail like this. It may seem like an extra step (especially if you’ve never made one before) but it’s so easy and it really does make the drink!
1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar with 2 cup of water.
2. Bring to a boil. stir and then simmer for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves.
3. Take the pan off the heat and add one large bay leaf and two large sprigs of fresh rosemary.
4. Stir everything together, cover the pot and let the rosemary and bay leaf steep for about 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and rosemary and store the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.
Now you can build your cocktail:
1. Fill a shaker with ice and juice an orange over a bowl with a strainer.
2. Add a half shot of the rosemary simple syrup to the shaker.
3. Add a shot of gin to that, I like Fifty Pounds Gin.
4. Add a half shot of fresh orange juice to that,
5. Fill a highball glass with some crushed ice, shake your mixture and pour it into the glass.
6. Top the drink off with some diet tonic water and enjoy!