Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rosemary Ginger Fizz

One cannot live on cookies alone (or can they?), so when I was planning my cookie swap, I wanted to provide a drink option...  besides water and almond milk.  A make-your-own drink sounded like fun, so I prepared some simple syrup and sugared cranberries  (perfect as they can be done ahead of time!) and let everyone serve themselves.  Sweeter, not so sweet, your choice!

Drink Station:  assembly required

I actually forgot the lemon slices at the cookie swap, but I liked the dimension it added when I went to try and take another photo the following day, so I'm including it in the recipe.

Rosemary Ginger Fizz
Recipe by Shannon

for the rosemary ginger simple syrup:
1c water
1/2c evaporated cane juice (or granulated sugar)
3 sprigs of rosemary
2" knob of ginger (or more), peeled and sliced into thick coins

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, then lower the temperature a simmer for a few minutes.  Remove from heat and let steep 10min.  Strain out the rosemary and ginger, then transfer to a jar and refrigerate.

to prepare the drink:
rosemary ginger simple syrup
lemons, cut into wedges or slices
sugared cranberries, for garnish if desired

Add seltzer to a glass with ice, then mix in your desired amount of rosemary ginger simple syrup and a squeeze of lemon juice.  Stir and taste, then adjust as you see fit.  For the wine glasses shown below, I was using ~2T simple syrup and the juice from 1 slice of lemon.

This could certainly be made alcoholic, if you're into that kind of thing ;)  Which alcohol would you pair with this?


Erica said...

I so love ginger and I rarely use it. This sounds refresing!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

If I were making this an adult drink, I'd add a splash of St. Germain!

Sacha (Eating In or Out) said...

What a nice combination of flavors! I bet it was a hit.

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

This sounds lovely - I am really into fizzy, slightly herbal drinks when I want something fun but not alcoholic. I'd add gin to make this adult-friendly :)

Kristen said...

I'd add vodka. and i like michelle's idea of St. Germain. so maybe I'd add both!

Elizabeth said...

This drink was gorgeous. And delicious too

Delicious Dishings said...

This sounds so refreshing. I'm on such a ginger kick right now. I would probably pair this with sparkling wine.

Joanne said...

(a) I can totally live on cookies alone.

(b) I LOVED this drink! The perfect mix of herb and sweetness.

Reeni said...

This is like the perfect Christmas drink! Maybe vodka?

Miz said...

Im nonalcoholic too
as is the 6 year old :-)

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

Looks fantastic (love the pics too!). I'd add gin to it :)

Kerstin said...

I could live on cookies and this drink alone, haha :) So refreshing!

Amy said...

I love ginger - these sound lovely!

Cara said...

This was such a fun and refreshing drink :)

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