Whatever happened to the classy cocktail hour: a time to relax after a long day, sipping and enjoying a fresh drink? Well, it’s high time we bring that wonderful hour of bygone eras back! We have started cultivating (and enjoying) some drink creations of our own. With spring on the horizon, the itch for refreshing drinks has begun. It’s high past time to rid our palates of the mundane and boring.
At The Gray Boxwood, we are continually looking for ways to use herbs in different ways around the kitchen. Herbs are simply too underutilized in all aspects of life. Complete with resilient fresh flavors, herbs are perfect for the infusion in…well, anything!
Thankfully, you can rely on us to help liven up your cocktails and bring you something “freshly-picked” this spring.
ROSEMARY-BASIL GIN FIZZ
- 1/4 cup Rosemary-Basil Infused Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
- 1 to 2 ounces gin
- juice of half a lemon
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour in glasses. Top with club soda.
ROSEMARY-BASIL INFUSED SIMPLE SYRUP
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 sprigs rosemary
- 6 to 10 basil leaves
Combine all ingredients in kettle, bringing to boil. Turn to low heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Strain syrup and cool before using. Store in the refridgerator.
Nothing evokes spring like a high-quality gin. By itself, gin has an almost earthy, but oh-so-crisp flavor. We love Henrick’s Gin for its quality and superior taste.
And remember, it’s not necessary to use alcohol in this drink. If you prefer a nonalcoholic thirst-quencher, simply add a touch more club soda. The “kick” won’t be there, but it will be just as satisfying!
Remember that a better quality liquor really does make a difference when mixing a great cocktail.
This Gin Fizz is truly a refreshing lemonade of sorts. The herbs provide a special finish that may seem daunting to try. But just trust us: once you venture out on this limb, you’ll want to make this drink again and again.
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