At some indeterminable point in early spring, drinking anything dark or heavy becomes downright unfathomable. After months of red wine, spiked cider, and bourbon-infused cocktails, the drinking of lighter spirits seems both necessary and urgent—even if the weather doesn’t quite yet match your seasonal shift in palate. If you’re finding yourself craving the taste of summer-in-a-glass, we’ve got just the thing for you. Tessa Huff from Style Sweet CA is sharing a grapefruit and rosemary spritzer that will make you feel like the warm weather is already here. Cheers!
Grapefruit Rosemary Spritzer
6 ounces grapefruit juice
3 ounces vodka
3 tablespoon rosemary simple syrup (recipe to follow)
club soda or sparkling water
pinch sea salt
segmented grapefruit and fresh rosemary for garnish (optional)
Combine grapefruit juice, vodka, and rosemary simple syrup. Fill two glasses with ice and evenly distribute the grapefruit mixture between the glasses. Top with club soda or sparkling water and a pinch of sea salt. Garnish with fresh rosemary and a grapefruit segment, if desired.
Rosemary Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
4 to 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and add in the rosemary. Continue to simmer until slightly thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Strain out the rosemary and discard before use. Store leftover in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
Tessa Huff is a Vancouver-based recipe developer, photographer, and creator of Style Sweet CA—a cake and pastry blog for the home baker. Her first book, “Layered: Baking, Building, and Styling Spectacular Cakes” hits shelves on April 19th. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.