A Vanilla Rose

June 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm 6 comments


I bet you and your friends have a few summertime traditions.  Maybe an annual girls or guys day at the beach?  An annual 4th of July BBQ?  Maybe even a camping trip?  A group of my friends, who have long scattered across several state lines and life stages (singles, newly weds, divorcees, and new parents are all among them), come together once a year on a Saturday in June to sit under the same tree in a big back yard, drink a lot of beer, play horseshoes and pretend for a little while that we’re still carefree and 20. 

Doesn't it look so refreshing

Quite frankly though, I’ve outgrown what little taste I had for a keg of lager beer.   So, this year I decided I’d try a taking along the ingredients for a cocktail.  While I do like some traditions, I’m always on the hunt for a brand spankin’ new culinary concoction, drinks recipes being no exception.   Plus, like any reunion attendee who’s honest with him or herself, I wanted to bring something funky and interesting to boost my “cool” factor.

Steeping the syrup

Resulting syrup

Spurred by my success with the Lavender Lemon Soda recipe, I thought I’d try another simple syrup infused with a fresh herb that would add a little somethin’-somethin’ to my cocktail.  The rosemary plants in my garden called out to me immediately.  But I really didn’t know what to put with the flavor of rosemary in a sweet context (which brings up a question: have any of you ever had a “savory” cocktail, besides a Bloody Mary?  I couldn’t think of any).  I remembered the Lemon Rosemary cake from last autumn, but took a sharp right turn from that formula when I noticed the long-neglected bottle of vanilla vodka that I’d been using to prop up some cookbooks. 

Stoli vanilla and vanilla beans

Fresh rosemary and a vanilla bean steeped in a warm simple syrup would make a heavenly perfume, save for the sticky factor.   The resulting cocktail was heavenly too.  But I think the next batch I make will skip the vodka and become a lemonade of a most complex and captivating flavor. 


Rosemary on ice

Vanilla Rosemary Spritzer
A Straight from the Farm Original

1 large bunch of fresh rosemary (5-6 stems)
1 vanilla bean
3/4 C. sugar or sugar substitute
1 C. water
Vanilla vodka
Club soda
Crushed ice

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the rosemary (reserve a few of the tops of the stem for garnish), vanilla bean, sugar and water.  Bring to a gentle simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool for at least an hour.  Strain the syrup into a jar or other container and chill until ready to use. 

To make the cocktail, combine 2 parts syrup with 1 part vodka over ice and fill the glass with club soda.   Adjust ratio according to taste.  Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and serve.

(makes enough syrup for 6-8 drinks)

Vanilla Rosemary Spritzer


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dawn of Dawn's Recipes  |  June 30, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Sounds awesome! Now I know what to do with all that rosemary I’ve got growing on my porch!

  • 2. bee  |  June 30, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    how about a rosemary margarita?

  • 3. Mary  |  June 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Yummy looking beverage! And there’s an award for you on my blog!

  • 4. Holly  |  July 1, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    one of my favorite cocktails that i guess would be considered “savory” is the dirty martini. 🙂 extra dirty with lots of olive juice. mmmm.

  • 5. Simply...Gluten-free  |  July 3, 2008 at 6:02 am

    It is so nice that your and your friends have a tradition. This drink looks so refreshing.

  • 6. cindy  |  July 5, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    i was going to suggest a dirty martini…extra dirty as well. your spritzer sounds wonderful!


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