Beverages/ Cocktails/ Drinks

Rosemary Gimlet

Use those herbs for a cocktail!

Who says you have to only cook with all those herbs. Why not try a cocktail using the rosemary  you may have growing in your garden to make a simple syrup.

What have you been doing with all this at home time?. We moved from The Woodlands to Round Top, Tx and still pretty much the same thing going on. Staying at home, occasionally going out to the store.  I’ve tried new recipes, crafting, not doing house cleaning, crafting, and  making a few mask just in case I needed to run out to pick up something I probably don’t really need.

My movie going has come to a halt, down to zero from 1-2 times a week when all this covid-19 started. At first the theaters cut the number of seats by half then before I knew it they were closed all together. So those closings increased my streaming tv shows and now I just make my popcorn at home even though it isn’t quite the same. My Amazon ordering in the beginning of all this had increased just so I could stock up on some of the craft supplies I might need. Have I used those? No. I’m just hoarding them so when I feel the mood to make something the supplies are there. If you need something, I may have it in my newly converted craft room. (Since moving about 3 weeks ago I’ve now started back on my butterfly heart wall hangings. At least this is keeping me out of trouble.)

Taking a break from the important tv watching (mostly news during the day) and crafting I decide to start trying some different cocktails and several of them came from David Lebovitz’s blog. He has a book “Drinking French” which has some wonderful cocktail recipes and I love reading his blog about living in Paris. I started following his blog before we went to Paris several years ago. 

One cocktail of any type is more than enough for me since I’m such a “lightweight” drinker. Not that I’m light weight; no telling what those numbers are going to be if we don’t get through this pandemic  sooner than later. 

So, if you love cocktails more than a glass of wine/beer (that’s me) give this a try. Hope you are all staying safe and finding something to fill your time.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: If you like fruity cocktails, try my Blackberry Bramble Cocktail. It’s a great little cocktail when the temperatures start getting warmer, or just about any time you have blackberries on hand.

Rosemary simple syrup, some gin and a few limes.

Give it a good shake.

Rosemary Gimlet


  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. rosemary syrup
  • sprigs of fresh rosemary for garnish


  1. Make the rosemary syrup by heating the water, sugar and chopped rosemary leaves in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is hot and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool completely. Once cool, strain the rosemary syrup into a jar, and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Chill a stemmed cocktail glass in the freezer.
  3. Measure the gin, lime juice and rosemary syrup into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker halfway with ice, cover, and shake the gimlet mixture about twenty seconds, until very cold. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary or a slice of fresh lime.

Recipe Notes

If this is too sweet either reduce the syrup to 1/2 oz. or add more lime juice.

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