Rosemary Gin Fizz

This cocktail was light and fresh and one of my first home cocktail-making experiences with gin (and you can see I like to use rosemary).

Ingredients (serves two):

  • 1 mini bottle (or a 2 oz shot) The Gin Factory Rosemary Gin
  • 1/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • Two tablespoons raw honey
  • About six or seven mint leaves
  • A rough tablespoon of rosemary
  • Two sprigs of rosemary for garnish
  • Ice for the shaker
  • Topo Chico
  • Two small coupe glasses

Muddle the cranberries and herbs until the cranberries pop and you can smell them mixing with the rosemary and mint. Add the honey and muddle to mix. Add the gin, wine and lime juice and shake vigorously.

Pour equal amounts in to the glasses (they will be about half full). Top off with Topo Chico and add rosemary for garnish.

Christmas Sangria

I love making fancy cocktails. I got especially enthusiastic about cocktails when I realized I can put herb sprigs from my garden in them and smell all that goodness while having a nice drink. Here’s a little something I concocted last night—I’m calling it Christmas Sangria.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 oz dry red wine (I used a zin. You could use a sweeter wine or an actual sangria but I prefer my drinks on the dryer side).
  • 1 oz bourbon (you don’t need much, the combo of bourbon and wine gives this one a punch)
  • A tablespoon simple syrup or honey, to taste
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • A squeeze of orange juice
  • A few fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary for garnish
  • A pretty glass full of ice
  • A cocktail shaker

Pour all ingredients Except the cranberries and rosemary into the shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour over ice. Serves 1.