You know those fancy locally made sodas? The ones with flavours like Grapefruit-Rose that are made with foraged herbs and cost a small fortune to buy a 4 pack?
Here’s a secret: I am always buying them.
I just really want to know what locally sourced burdock tastes like in a fizzy drink (it tastes like something bitter died in it), or if adding lavender to sparkling water makes it more refreshing (it does, it totally does.) But in my years of buying these fussy things, my favourite is a Rosemary-Lime one. Oh lord it is so good. I was skeptical at first, because I thought lemon might be better than the lime, but the lime is perfect.
Sometimes, when I’m having a bad day, I’ll pick one up on the way home and pour it in a glass with some gin for the simplest ever drink. And when a friend came over recently and we drank them together, we decided that we needed to figure out a cheaper way to be drinking these all the time.
I can’t be spending $4.00 just for the soda in a drink, y’all.
This is a super simple way to get the same effect. You make a simple sugar syrup, and add in rosemary as it cooks to infuse the flavour in. Then mix it up with some gin, lime juice and top the whole thing with soda water. It takes just a couple minutes to make, and you’ll have leftover syrup so you can whip up these cocktails next week, or tomorrow, or just go to town and drink a whole bunch with some girlfriends tonight.
For the Syrup
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 2 Rosemary
- 2 oz Gin
- 1 1/2 oz Rosemary Syrup
- 1 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- 1/3 cup Soda Water
- Rosemary for garnishing.
To Make the Syrup:
In a small pot over medium heat, bring all the ingredients to a boil. Stir gently until all the sugar has dissolved.
Pour into a container and let cool.
To Make Drink:
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix together the gin, syrup and lime juice. Shake until chilled.
Pour into fresh glass over ice and top with soda. Garnish with the rosemary if you wish!