Herbal Summer Cocktails: Lemonade Gin Fizz with Rosemary

| August/September 2006

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
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle rosemary with gin or vodka. Add lemonade and bitters, if desired.
  2. Fill a chilled highball or Collins glass halfway with ice cubes. Add about 1 cup crushed ice to shaker and shake for 10 seconds.
  3. 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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