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Reset with a refreshing rosemary gin & tonic

Mar 15, 2017 Keegan Hiltz

A simple spin on a classic drink. Adding a taste of rosemary takes the no-fuss gin and tonic to the next level. This is a fun way to use up the fresh rosemary you might have on hand after making your favourite potatoes or Sunday roast.

Throw the gin, lemon juice, and rosemary sprig in a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes and shake vigorously to combine and chill. Pour over ice in a highball glass and top with the tonic water. Make sure there aren’t any little bits of rosemary floating around in there, or you’ll be picking more green bits out of your teeth than normal.

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A more time-consuming method substitutes fresh rosemary with rosemary syrup, which makes the drink sweeter and adds a stronger rosemary flavour. To make the syrup, bring a half cup of water and a half cup of sugar to a boil, then add one or two sprigs of rosemary. Reduce the syrup until it is thickened but still runny, then let it cool before stirring one tablespoon into the drink. This cocktail is refreshing and summery, and looks impressive when garnished with a slice of lemon and a sprig of rosemary.