All of America has been anxiously awaiting spring’s arrival. The warmth, sun, more time outdoors. Even in Texas, we’ve had a few good days, but not as many as we’ve usually had by now. With the anticipation of spring on my mind, I created this cocktail.
A spring and summer cocktail, to me, needs to be light, refreshing, and simple. Citrus is a must. Herbs are pretty much always a must for me as well. Ever since I tried the Basil and Bluegrass at the The Republic a few years ago, I have noticed how trendy it’s become to put savory herbs in sweet or semi-sweet drinks. I generally like the blend of really savory herbs like rosemary, sage, or basil with a pretty full citrus base to even all the flavors out.
If you think you’d find a drink like that to be weird, I highly recommend starting with this. I used Simply Lemonade as my only sweetener, so it kind of tastes like something you could get at a magical grown up lemonade stand. Or, you know, a bar.
Hendrick’s Gin is a small batch gin distilled in Scotland. I usually don’t love gins unless they have another component besides juniper. Plain gin tastes like cologne to me. I loved the bottle from the minute I first saw it on the Mint Love Social Club blog. I always thought it was just a regular gin and had tasted Hendrick’s cocktails, but it wasn’t until I got a bottle for Valentine’s Day from P-Honey that I tasted it alone to see what a different flavor it has! It has a botanical flavor on its own and I could even drink it on the rocks it is so smooth.
Hendrick’s is unique because it’s a blend of two distillations, each using a different method to infuse the botanicals into the spirit. I found this great information on Wikipedia.
Making the Rosemary Gin & Tonic is very easy! This recipe makes two drinks. First, juice an entire lemon. Put the juice in a Boston shaker, along with about 2 tsp of fresh rosemary sprigs. Muddle the rosemary in the juice. Next, add 6 ounces of Simply Lemonade and 3 ounces of Hendrick’s gin. Add some ice cubes and combine. Rather than shake this, you should just pour the contents from the tumbler to the glass a couple of times, making sure not to bruise the citrus flavors. Once it’s mixed and cold, transfer to a glass with fresh ice by using a hawthorn strainer.
Top with tonic water. Garnish with a lemon and some fresh rosemary. Enjoy with the hopes that spring will soon arrive!