Lemon Rosemary Martini

Spring is here!  Okay, so we’re in the second week of May already, but it’s Spring and Mother’s Day is quickly approaching.  Don’t worry, I have you covered in the cocktail department.  This Lemon Rosemary Martini is the perfect treat for your Mother’s Day plans.  You will feel like you are at a five star resort, even if you are just relaxing in the backyard!

 

The infusion of rosemary into the simple syrup for this recipe really takes this martini up a level.  The flavor becomes complex, almost as if you can’t quite place what the flavor is in the background, but you know it’s a flavor you NEED.  This is not just any other lemon martini – this is a rosemary infused lemon martini!

 

 

I like to top my martini off with a champagne float – does’t that sound fancy?!  In reality, I like to add champagne to the top of my martini.  It gives it a slight bubbly consistency and to me, there’s just no other way.  This lemon rosemary martini is the perfect balance of tart and sweet.  You can taste the tartness of the lemons, but it’s not going to leave your face puckered because you have the balance of the simple syrup and the champagne.  It’s really just spring perfection served in a glass!

 

 

I hope you guys will try these martinis and kick back and enjoy your Mother’s Day in style!

 

Ingredients:

For the lemon rosemary martini: Makes 2 cocktails

1.5 – 2 lemons, depending on the size (I used 1.5 large lemons)

2 shots of vodka

3/4 of a shot of simple syrup (recipe below)

Champagne for float

For the simple syrup:

4-5 large sprigs of rosemary

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Instructions:

  1. In sauce pot, combine the rosemary, sugar and water and cover with a lid.  Place the entire rosemary sprig in the pot, do not remove the individual leaves.  Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer.  Gently stir to dissolve the sugar.  After a few minutes the sugar should be dissolved.  Turn off the heat and let sit with the lid on the pot for several hours.  Next, pour the water through a strainer to remove the rosemary or simply remove the springs from the water.  Now, your simple syrup is finished!  It will keep in the fridge so you can make this recipe again rather quickly – success!
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice and then squeeze your lemons.  Next pour in vodka and simple syrup.  Give the shaker a big shake and pour into your glasses.  Top with a few splashes of champagne and enjoy!

Notes:

  1. I buy mini bottles of champagne for this recipe, that way you don’t have to open a large bottle and have it lose it’s carbonation if you don’t drink it right away.  I’ve found them at Target as well as my local grocery store.
  2. The simple syrup can be made the night before or even further in advance and kept in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

 

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