Makes 1 drink
The resinous flavor of the rosemary works with the gin; the lemonade and seltzer combined with them is reminiscent of a gin and tonic, only more refreshing and thirst-quenching. For those who don’t prefer gin, this also is very good with vodka. This is an assertive flavored drink; lemon herbs could be used in place of the rosemary for a less resinous flavor. Simply leave out the alcohol for a nonalcoholic beverage.
- 4-inch sprig rosemary
- 2 ounces gin or vodka
- 2 ounces lemonade
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters, optional
- Ice, crushed and cubes
- 3 to 4 ounces seltzer water or club soda
- Small sprig rosemary for garnish
- Lemon slice for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle rosemary with gin or vodka. Add lemonade and bitters, if desired.
- Fill a chilled highball or Collins glass halfway with ice cubes. Add about 1 cup crushed ice to shaker and shake for 10 seconds.
- Strain liquid into the prepared glass and add seltzer or soda; stir briefly and garnish with rosemary sprig and lemon slice. Serve with a straw.
Susan Belsinger is a frequent contributor who loves to sip herbal cocktails in her Maryland home.
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