We don't claim to be mixologists; these days, we're just looking for any little spark to brighten our slow trudge through the dark Midwestern winter, and The Fizz cocktail genre offers a classic, reliably tasty base for amateurs like us to "enhance" with other flavors. Our take on the Rosemary Gin Fizz actually began as an attempt to sloppily recreate the flavor profile of an incredible Rosemary Tom Collins I once had at The Whistler (whistlerchicago.com) in Chicago. Those guys are fastidious magicians, but this combination of ingredients can support imprecision and we encourage you to add everything 'to taste.'
Rosemary Gin Fizzy (1 serving):
2 oz of gin, more or less
1-2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon of rosemary simple syrup
club soda - the bubblier the better!
rosemary sprig and twist of lemon to garnish
Rosemary simple syrup:
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
2-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
Combine equal parts sugar and water in a pan over medium-high heat, and stir until sugar dissolves. Add the rosemary, bring the mixture to a full boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for one or two minutes. Remove the pan from heat and let the syrup cool before straining out the rosemary.
Video by Jack Whaley
Mixology by Ingrid
Music: 'Doodlin' by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-best-of-ken-burns-jazz/id186304325)