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Rosemary Greyhound (Botanical Cocktail)

A refreshing drink for any time of the year.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4


  • 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.