As I mentioned yesterday, we were given an opportunity to create our own cocktails at the North Shore Distillery cocktail class. It wasn’t hard to choose which spirit would be the base of our cocktail–gin. Then we all kind of just started adding what sounded fun to work with. I wanted to experiment with the Earl Grey simple syrup and then we decided lemon and rosemary would be fun to add to the mix. What we ended up creating, if I may say so myself, is a pretty tasty spring cocktail. Brett came up with the name…genius, no?
The rosemary and the Earl Grey flavors are very subtle, but the hints of flavor complement the gin and lemon perfectly. I have a feeling this is going to be the year of the herbal cocktail around here so I’ve decided to devote a portion of our garden plot to cocktail-making ingredients like basil, lavender, rosemary and thyme. Now, it just needs to warm up so we can get started!
Pining for the Queen
2 oz gin (We used North Shore Distiller’s Gin No. 6.)
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon
1/2 oz Earl Grey simple syrup (recipe below)
In a cocktail shaker, lightly muddle the sprig of rosemary with the simple syrup…very lightly, as in barely bruise the leaves. Add gin, lemon, tea syrup and ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with lemon zest.
Enjoy outdoors on a spring afternoon…or while watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Earl Grey Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2-3 Earl Grey tea bags (or loose tea equivalent)
Boil water and steep tea according to recommendation. (I used 2 tea bags and steeped for 6 minutes.)
Add in sugar and simmer until dissolved. Store in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to one month.