If there was a theme to this summer it would be “fruity cocktail”. I’m not a big drinker, and especially not a hard liquor drinker (usually I just have an icy cold beer), but I have come to appreciate the vodka-based cocktail. I introduced you to the Mason jar Beach Cocktail, and now I am going to ask you to say hello to the Rosemary Greyhound.
I was watching the Cooking Channel (It took me almost a year to figure out that we actually do get that channel. I had missed it so much.) and in an episode of Dinner at Tiffani’s, she made this delightful pink drink, the Rosemary Greyhound. I love any drink with herbs in it and kept it in my back pocket. A few days later my friend Michelle asked me if I had any good pink cocktail recipes to try and I immediately knew that we needed to try this. It’s hard to find fun, girly, pink drinks that aren’t cloyingly sweet.
We sat on her deck, sipped these and had a lovely evening. (She also got me hooked on getting rid of my wrinkles, vacuuming my face, and taking better care of my skin. Thanks Michelle!)
To make a non-alcoholic version, I would skip the vodka and replace it with club soda. It will be light, bright, and not too sweet.
Rosemary Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 Tablespoons fresh rosemary
- 6 oz. Ruby Red grapefruit juice
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. Rosemary Simple Syrup
- squeeze lemon
- rosemary sprigs for garnish
- grapefruit slices for garnish
To make the Rosemary Simple Syrup, add the water, sugar, and rosemary to a saucepan.
Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and let the rosemary steep in the syrup. Strain the rosemary and pour into a container. Let cool completely.
Add the grapefruit juice, vodka, rosemary syrup, and lemon into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake and pour over ice into 2 glasses. Garnish with rosemary sprig and grapefruit slice.