Dan says I’m a sucker because I can never say no to the nice young people/children that show up at our door with something to sell. It’s true – Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, high school kids raising money for one thing or another…they can all usually get a few bucks from me. But in my defense, it’s all for a good cause, and the impact on my life is very temporary.
On the other hand, the last time Dan opened the door on one of those nice kids, we ended up with a year long subscription to a super conservative local newspaper that neither of us wanted to read. AND, the kid that sold it to us keeps coming back!
Just yesterday, Dan and I were in the kitchen chatting and making the rosemary syrup for these cocktails, when all of a sudden there was a single loud knock on our door. I tip toed over to the door, looked into the peephole, and gasped in horror – it was the newspaper kid again.
Scurrying back over to Dan, I told him who it was, and we both silently moved to the living room and cowered behind our couch like mature grown ups.
A few minutes later, another knock. More cowering. A few more minutes of extended silence, and I think the coast is clear. I tip toe back over to the door and peer into the peephole. THE KID IS STILL THERE. AND HE HAS HIS EAR PRESSED AGAINST THE DOOR! LISTENING FOR NOISES INSIDE OUR CONDO!!! That’s a little bit scary, right?
Don’t worry though, he gave up eventually. We won the moral victory and celebrated with delicious rosemary greyhound cocktails. Nothing ever tasted so sweet (but not too sweet) or refreshing as that light pink elixir of gin and grapefruit, with its slight hints of rosemary. I’m not usually a gin person or a put-savory-herbs-in-drinks person, but this just works somehow.
Fun fact: if you add salt to the rim our your glasses, this cocktail becomes a Rosemary “Salty Dog”. Learn something new everyday 😉
Thanks for reading Just Putzing Around the Kitchen! To stay up-to-date on what I’ve got going on in the kitchen and what’s coming next on the blog, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest, or subscribe via e-mail (in the sidebar) to get new recipes sent directly to your inbox.
- 3 oz grapefruit juice
- 1-1/2 oz gin
- ½ oz rosemary simple syrup
- 3 sprigs rosemary
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Combine sugar and water in a pot over medium heat.
- Bring to a simmer and swirl the content of the pot around until translucent.
- Turn stove off, and add your rosemary to the syrup.
- Allow mixture to steep for 20-30 minutes.
- Pour rosemary simple syrup into a seal-able bottle or container.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Combine grapefruit juice, gin, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake well.
- Strain/pour into a glass filled with ice. (If you don't have a shaker, just pour all the ingredients into a glass with ice, and stir.)
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
(Slightly adapted from Tastes Lovely’s recipe)