Rosemary Greyhound (Botanical Cocktail)
A refreshing drink for any time of the year.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 5 sprigs of fresh rosemary, plus extra for garnish
- Vodka, to taste
- Ruby Red grapefruit juice, to taste
Making the scented syrup -- Tip the sugar and water into a heavy saucepan. While stirring from time to time, heat the mixture over medium heat just until the sugar dissolves -- about 10 minutes (do not let the syrup boil). Off heat, add the rosemary sprigs. Then cover the pan, and let the syrup steep until fragrant with rosemary -- about 1 hour. Strain the syrup and discard the rosemary.
Mixing the cocktail -- For each serving, pour equal parts (or to taste) vodka and grapefruit juice over rocks (ice cubes) in a low ball glass, a cocktail glass, or a small jar. Top off with enough rosemary syrup to pleasantly perfume the drink. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Leftover rosemary syrup may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.