In the course of making cocktails, we try to make a lot of our own ingredients from scratch. One of our favorites to make is a simple syrup. Simple syrup can be an integral part of a cocktail, by adding sweetness and flavor to make the drink just right. We have made a lot of simple syrups out of herbs, fruit and other sugars. Our favorites though, are the herbal ones. They add that extra ingredient to our drinks that we enjoy, such as sage, rosemary and other spices. This rosemary simple syrup is something we add to a lot of our drinks, as both of us like rosemary very much. We have used it in such cocktails as Rosemary’s Pear, The French Tart and the Rio Rose. Simple syrups can be infused with anything you can think of, so use your imagination and come up with your own unique flavors!
Simple syrups don’t just have to be used in cocktails, they can also be used in mocktails, kid’s drinks, teas, make sorbet and even use in baking! It is a very versatile ingredient. Here is our rosemary simple syrup for you to try!
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 4 rosemary spears
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Add in sugar, stir to dissolve.
- Add the rosemary sprigs, let the infusion boil for 60 seconds.
- Remove pan from heat and let steep for 30 minutes - 1 hour depending on how strong you would like it.
- Pour the cooled syrup through a mesh strainer into an airtight container, preferably glass.
- This may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.