Every vacation spot really deserves its on signature drink. As my family vacations at Rosemary Beach each year, incorporating rosemary into a cocktail was a no-brainer. This is also a nice way to summarize my go-to gin and tonic for the hot weather.
There’s nothing particularly complicated about this, but it takes a tiny bit of advance planning. It incorporates a rosemary-infused simple syrup, charred lemon juice, botanical gin, and tonic. Garnished with a sprig of rosemary and a charred lemon slice, it’s summer happiness in a glass.
charred lemon and rosemary G+T
For the simple syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
several sprigs (4-5) fresh rosemary
Combine sugar, water and rosemary in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until sugar is fully dissolved and syrup has thickened slightly, ~15 minutes.
For the charred lemons:
2 lemons (for two drinks*)
Cut 1 lemon in half and another lemon into slices. Over medium-low heat, char the lemon halves and slices cut-side down in a skillet until blackened, 2-3 minutes. Remove the halves from the skillet and flip the slices, charring on the opposite side.
* For four drinks, cut 2 lemons in half and a third lemon in slices. For every additional drink, add an additional half lemon to char.
For the drink:
0.5-.75 ounce rosemary simple syrup
charred lemon juice from ½ lemon
2 ounces botanical gin (or whatever gin you prefer)
4 ounces tonic water
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 slice charred lemon