Rosemary Lemon Sparklers

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Last weekend was one of those classic summer weekends spent with family and friends at the beach house in Marshfield, MA complete with blue skies, lots of food and good drinks.  I recently stumbled upon a cocktail recipe for a Rosemary Lemon Sparkler on food52.com that seemed like a perfect fit for the weekend’s occasion.  This simple drink is an easy blend of rosemary-infused simple syrup, prosecco and lemon juice and, quite frankly, tastes like summer.

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Rosemary Lemon Sparklers

  • Rosemary-infused simple syrup (recipe below)
  • Prosecco
  • Fresh lemons (While the recipe originally calls for Meyer lemons, regular lemons will do just fine.)

Combine about 1/2 oz. of the rosemary simple syrup and prosecco into a glass.  Rim the glass with fresh lemon and squeeze a small amount into the drink to taste.  

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To make the Rosemary-infused simple syrup (the portion will always be 1:1 depending on how much you wish to make)

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Fresh rosemary, about 3-4 sprigs

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Add in the full sprigs of rosemary and stir occasionally so the rosemary begins to infuse in the syrup.  Once the syrup is cool, transfer to a bottle and store in the refrigerator until needed.


    If you haven’t noticed already, I’m a big fan of infused simple syrups.  Their versatility offers just the right amount of flavor to any drink whether there’s booze in it or not (my brother-in-law admitted to pouring some of the flavored simple syrup into his coffee).  

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    So if you’re looking for an easy and delicious drink to enjoy this weekend, get out there and make this!  A few of them could have you doing cartwheels in the grass. Have a beautiful Fourth of July weekend!

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