I’ve been trying to come up with a way to use my rosemary-infused vodka, but it’s a pretty distinctive flavor. Searching for inspiration, I started thinking about how I cook with rosemary: I like it on lamb chops. I then thought about what other flavors I had kicking around that taste good on lamb (pomegranate, lemon, saffron, cardamom). Turns out, they also all taste good together over ice.
And then I realized then when you make up a new cocktail, you have to give it a (stupid) name. I thought about giving it a name that somehow referenced lamb, but that didn’t sound appetizing. I googled “rosemary vodka” and got several hits for a drink called Rosemary’s Baby. Rosemary’s Baby, as you probably know, was a novel from the 1960s that was later turned into a Roman Polanski film starring Mia Farrow. I’ve never seen it, so I decided to check out the plot summary on IMDB.
Well, it turns out that the movie is all about SATAN WORSHIPPERS.
I thought… well, I don’t know what I thought it was about, but satan worshippers was NOT at the top of my list. Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be naming any tasty beverages after that movie.
Not Rosemary’s Baby
- 2 oz Rosemary-infused vodka
- 1 tbsp homemade grenadine (recipe below)
- 4 oz club soda
- slice of lemon
- dash of Sunshine Bitters
This would probably work better mixed in a cocktail shaker with ice, but this method will work in a pinch. Combine vodka and grenadine in a glass with ice. Stir to combine. Top with bitters and soda. Squeeze the juice out of the lemon, then drop rind into the glass so the citrus oils infuse the drink. Stir and enjoy.
- 2 cups vodka
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
Place all ingredients inside a glass jar with airtight lid. Seal and allow to infuse for 4 days, shaking vigorously once a day. Remove rosemary. You may wish to infuse for more or less time, depending on how intense you want the flavor.
Grenadine, as you may or may not know, it actually made from pomegrante juice. A lot of people dislike the taste of grenadine, probably because the stuff you get in the store is artificially flavored. Real grenadine tastes much better and is super easy to make.
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 cup sugar
Simmer juice and sugar until thick and syrupy. Pour into an airtight container. Keeps in the fridge indefinately.