Vanilla rosemary vodka spritz

There’s a lot to celebrate today!  Not only are we smack dab in that cookies and cocktails time of year (where every day feels sort of celebratory), but I’m especially happy to tell you that I didn’t die over the past semester.  Yesterday I turned in my dissertation proposal, which means that I’m now free of classes and could feasibly go on to write my dissertation from a Parisian cafe or a Caribbean beach town (or, more likely, my desk in Oakland…but it’s nice to dream).  Also, I’m really proud to announce (albeit a bit late — this happened, like, a month ago), that we’ve joined up with Gojee Drinks.  You can now find our recipes mixed in with others from some incredibly inspiring drink bloggers over on Gojee’s website.  So, a big cheers all around!

Today we’re going to celebrate with this vanilla rosemary cocktail.  Vanilla feels pleasantly wintery without being too heavy, especially when it’s mixed with herbs (or citrus, but let’s do that another day).  So, I’ve been heading out to our badly neglected herb garden, scavenging herbs, and then making simple syrups.

For the vanilla, it would be entirely wonderful and yummy to use a real vanilla pod, but I’ve been cheating and using vanilla bean paste, which is a vanilla extract that’s thick with ground up vanilla beans.  It’s kinda expensive initially (I found a 4 oz bottle for $8 in the bulk section at my local grocery store), but seems to last forever.  You can certainly use vanilla extract, but I think the flavor is more authentically vanilla with the paste (and of course, would probably be even better with a real pod).  By the way, if you’re substituting, 1 t vanilla paste = 1 t vanilla extract = 1 vanilla pod.

Another variation might be to serve these drinks in sugar rimmed champagne flutes.  Maybe they would look like a platter of icicles?

Vanilla rosemary vodka spritz
Makes one drink

  • 0.5 oz vanilla rosemary simple syrup *
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 3 oz club soda
  • ice
  • optional rosemary sprig for garnish
  • optional sugar for rimming glass

With your finger, a towel or a brush, cover the rim of your glass with a bit of the simple syrup.  Next, sprinkle some sugar on a plate and dip the rim of your glass in the sugar (like we did with the cheladas way back when).  Add ice to the glass.

In a shaker or a separate glass, stir together the simple syrup, vodka and club soda.  Pour it into your glass and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

* Vanilla rosemary simple syrup

Makes 2 oz — or enough for 4 drinks

  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1/4 c natural cane sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 2 drops vanilla bean paste

Combine rosemary, sugar and water in a small point.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Add vanilla.  Strain to remove rosemary.


13 thoughts on “Vanilla rosemary vodka spritz

    • You mean, you’re not whipping up winter warmers, ginger cookies and gougeres in Sierra Leone?? For the record, I tried with the gingerbread house again this year…let’s just say it’s good I’m a planner and not an architect.

  1. Allison, I am intrigued by Rosemary in a cocktail – I am guessing the flavor is really earthy and interesting. I must try.
    And congrats on your studies. Good luck at your Oakland desk!
    Wishing you the best for 2012,

    • You’re so sweet to reach out! Thank you. It’s nice to feel like there’s someone reading somewhere. Anyway, I do plan on coming back to the blog! I can’t believe it’s been more than 3 months since my last post…it feels like it was just a few weeks ago. I didn’t really intentionally stop blogging, I just got caught up in other things.

      I have to tell you that — because of you — I just planted an apricot tree that’s been languishing in a bucket in my yard for almost 2 years. I never knew what to do with it — it was kind of spindly and ugly, and I didn’t want it to root in a place that would block precious sunshine. Now it’s going to be my first espalier victim! I’m sure it will take a while to bend its branches along the fence line, but now I have knew hope for the tree. Thank you!

  2. Geile is a Swiss German slang word that translates into “Wicked,” or “Awesome.”

    Looking forward to trying this cocktail. 🙂

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