Lavender-Rosemary Syrup

Rosemary is one of the most fabulous herbs to use in both cooking and cocktails. Whether muddled in the bottom of a mixing glass, set on fire as a smoking garnish, or incorporated into a syrup, it adds an earthy layer of herbal flavoring which works particularly in gin, vodka and tequila cocktails. In this recipe, lavender tea replaces plain water, which further enhances its flavor.
By / Photography By Heather Gill | May 15, 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brewed lavender tea (found in specialty tea shops, gourmet grocery stores or dry your own lavender flowers)
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • Approximately 25 leaves plucked from fresh rosemary sprigs

Instructions

Bring all of the above to a boil in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Simmer on low for 10 minutes. Let cool. Double strain into a glass jar or bottle. Refrigerate.

Tip: If you want your herbal syrups to be more pungent, put healthy amounts of plucked leaves into the saucepan with equal parts sugar and water. If you prefer a more subtle flavor, you can adjust the recipes by using a smaller quantity of herbs according to your taste. One rule to keep in mind when muddling herbs directly into cocktails or cooking them into syrups is not to include the plant stem. It adds an unpleasant bitterness that can be avoided by using only the leaves and flowers of an edible plant.

Try with: Lavender Gin Sour

These recipes and notes are from a wonderful new book called Edible Cocktails: From Garden to Glass—Seasonal Cocktails with a Fresh Twist by Natalie Bovis, the Liquid Muse, F+W Media, April 2012.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup brewed lavender tea (found in specialty tea shops, gourmet grocery stores or dry your own lavender flowers)
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • Approximately 25 leaves plucked from fresh rosemary sprigs
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