With fall comes cooler evenings and earlier sunsets, but by no means should you pack up your refreshing drinks and hunker down for the winter already. There will be plenty of time for hot toddies, but fall happy hours should still be outdoors as often as they can. Gin and tonics, or G&Ts as they’re often called, are indeed the perfect summer sip, and with a few tweaks can easily become the perfect fall cocktail.
Rosemary is a hearty herb that, in certain parts of the country, can be found all year round. As cilantro and mint go to seed and parsley and basil are harvested for pesto and chimichurri, bright green sprigs of rosemary can still be found to snip for a refreshing and herbaceous cocktail. Pour up one of these fizzy gin drinks for a lovely fall happy hour tonight.
Rosemary gin fizz
- 2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup (recipe follows)
- Club soda
- 1 sprig rosemary
Rosemary simple syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 sprigs rosemary
For the cocktail:
In a glass filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
For the simple syrup:
In a small saucepan combine sugar, water and rosemary. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Cool before using.