Rosemary is the pine-like ingredient your drinks are missing. It’s a spice rack necessity for any sort of meat dish, but it also adds a whole new dimension to cocktails that’s both savory and herbaceous. To keep it basic, you can simply add a rosemary garnish to a wide range of tequila, gin and vodka cocktails, but don’t stop there. Here are seven next-level rosemary cocktails for the true fan.
7 Rosemary Cocktails That’ll Satisfy Your Herbal Cravings
The Bench Warmer is a whole pitcher of fun created by the team at The Lately in New York. Pineapple rum, lime juice, rosemary syrup and savory Maggi sauce are thrown into a pitcher with some ice. Then the whole thing is topped off with wheat beer and a big ol’ rosemary sprig. If this is what it tastes like to make the team but never see playing time, count us in 100 percent.
When rosemary gets lit, everyone has a good time. Take Waites Laseter’s Aladdin Sane, for example. He created the drink at Root in New Orleans, and it’s essentially a rosemary saketini with a torched rosemary sprig garnish. Creamy nigori sake, vodka, dry curaçao and rosemary syrup make for a drink that you’ll have trouble setting down (just let that flaming rosemary cool off first).
Nothing is more refreshing than a Paloma. There, we said it. The tart tequila and grapefruit soda cocktail is ripe for riffs, and you can put a variety of twists on the drink depending on your cravings. For example, if you’re in the mood for something herbal and savory, adding a little salted rosemary syrup will do just the trick. Naren Young of Dante in New York makes the syrup from rosemary, sugar, water and a pinch of salt. He also swaps the soda in the classic Paloma for fresh grapefruit juice to make this extra refreshing variation.
salted rosemary syrup
Sometimes all it takes to satisfy a rosemary craving is a fragrant sprig garnish, so the bar team at Stoke in Charlotte, North Carolina created a drink that capitalizes on rosemary’s strong aroma. The Stubborn Burro is a mix of moonshine, ginger beer, lime and grapefruit, and it’s garnished with an oven-roasted grapefruit quarter and a rosemary sprig. You’ll be catching all those herbal smells with each sip.
Fresh Grapefruit Juice
This drink tastes so fresh, you’d think it just sprouted out of your herb garden. The secret lies in an easy to make rhubarb and rosemary syrup that turns the drink an alluring rosy orange hue. Add in St-Germain elderflower liqueur and some tequila, rim your glass with pink sea salt, and you’ll have all the bright herbaceousness you could ask for.
rhubarb and rosemary syrup
There’s a time and a place for quick, simple cocktails. There’s also a time and a place for things that take time. Don’t be afraid of the latter because good things come to those who wait—like the Press Pot Whiskey Sour from Crafthouse Cocktails founder, Charles Joly. The drink combines apple, bourbon, chai tea and rosemary for an ultra-herbaceous, warming hot-tail. Feel free to tweak it with more or less (but let’s be real, more) rosemary.
The Progress Martini is for when you want a Dirty Martini but also want to impress everyone around you with your ingredient selection. Created by Bryan Hamman while he was at The Progress in San Francisco, the eponymous cocktail is made with smoked olive juice, dry vermouth, gin and rosemary-infused olive oil. It might take a few tries to get it right, but the end result is so worth it. Plus, you’ll have all that extra rosemary olive oil.
Rosemary Infused Olive Oil