Yes, this Bourbon Rosemary Spritzer is refreshing. And yes, it’s boozy.
But what I especially like is how the warm, honey flavors of the bourbon are complemented by the earthy and fallish scent of rosemary. This cocktail calls for rosemary simple syrup, mentioned in a previous post, but if you only have unflavored simple syrup, you could simply muddle about 10 rosemary leaves in your shaker and still get a similar rosemary-flavored result.
I also added just a bit of freshly squeezed lime juice. I probably would have used lemon if I’d had some, but the lime worked wonderfully. The idea is to add just enough tart and citrus acidity to balance the sweetness of the syrup and bourbon. I found that the lime juice also went well with the woodsy green scent of the rosemary.
Adding the seltzer, club soda or sparkling water makes the bourbon, rosemary, and lime flavors shine. Wondering about the difference between seltzer, club soda, and sparkling water? This post from the Kitchn is a quick little primer. Be sure to add rosemary sprig for garnish…not only is it pleasing to the eye, but I think that the aroma from the rosemary sprig while drinking this bourbon rosemary spritzer enhances the rosemary flavor of the drink.
Before I give you the recipe, you should know that there was some doubt as to this post even existing…
slurped up sipped on my bourbon rosemary spritzer, I headed upstairs to my computer with a few almonds in one hand and the camera memory card containing the photos you see here in the other hand. All along, I was popping almonds into my mouth and crunching them, when I suddenly lost some brain function and came very close to popping the memory card in my mouth and crunching down on it. I am not kidding you. Obviously, I didn’t, but dang….
So now you can appreciate these photos even more, knowing what almost happened, right?!!
And yes, this cocktail is strong and goes down way too fast if you’re not careful. So just don’t do what I did. Rather, sip on your bourbon rosemary spritzer, snack on some almonds, and don’t even touch a camera card.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 ounces bourbon
- ¾th ounce freshly squeezed lime juice or lemon juice
- *1 ounce cooled rosemary simple syrup, or to taste (To make the rosemary simple syrup ahead of time, combine 1 and ½ cups water, 1 and ½ cups sugar, and 5 to 6 sprigs of fresh rosemary in saucepan and bring just to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let rosemary sprigs steep in liquid for 20 minutes. Then strain syrup and discard rosemary sprigs. Store strained syrup covered in refrigerator for up to two months.)
- *If you only have unflavored simple syrup, then use that, adding and muddling about 10 leaves of fresh rosemary in the syrup.
- ¼th to ½ cup seltzer water, club soda, or sparkling water
- Crushed ice for glass and uncrushed ice cubes for shaker
- Garnish: lime or lemon wedge, and sprig of rosemary
- Fill shaker with ice cubes.
- Fill serving glass with crushed ice
- Add bourbon, lime or lemon juice, and rosemary simple syrup to ice in shaker.
- Cover and shake for 30 seconds
- Strain shaken liquid into glass.
- Add seltzer, club soda, or sparkling water to top of glass and stir.
- Add lime or lemon wedge, and/or rosemary sprig for garnish.
- Sip and enjoy!
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