Rosemary Syrup & Rosemary Gin Fizz

Hello and welcome to Vegan MoFo 2016! Isn’t it great to be back here? For those who aren’t aware, MoFo stands for Month of Food, and it’s an annual event during which everyone talks about vegan food every damn day. Sound good?

From the Vegan MoFo website:
As the world catches on that vegan food really is the best choice for animals (suck it, humane meat!), the planet (bite me, melting ice caps!) and people (piss off, heart disease!) let’s show them what vegan eating is all about.

I wasn’t planning to participate this year, as we all know how time consuming it can be and frankly, I haven’t even been posting once a month let alone once a day since who knows when. But at the last minute I had a change of heart – probably a bit of FoMo to be honest – and signed myself up. HOWEVER, I am aiming low – I know I won’t be able to do a post a day this year, so am going for a couple a week instead. I’m just glad to be a part of it, as despite the stress it is always so much fun.

This year there are three options for participation – choose your own theme, go with the weekly themes provided or stick to the daily themes. I didn’t really give myself enough time to plan my own theme, so instead I’m following the weekly themes while sometimes touching on the daily prompts. The first week’s theme is “treat yourself”, and as we move into the warmer weather I thought what better way to treat myself with a refreshing cocktail, while giving a big cheers to all participating this month, in whatever capacity. Happy MoFo!

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A nice and easy one too! First I’ll hit you up with a recipe to make rosemary sugar syrup, after which you can make these babies until your heart’s content. For this recipe, I’ve used castor sugar to produce a nice clear syrup, but you can also use raw sugar for a golden brown syrup – this is lovely in cocktails with darker spirits.

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Rosemary Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
5 sprigs rosemary (approx 10cm)

Stir sugar and water together in a pot, then slowly bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Once sugar has dissolved, add rosemary sprigs and boil for a further minute. Turn off heat, cover, and allow to steep for 1-2 hours. Keep refrigerated.

Rosemary Gin Fizz
(makes 1)

60ml gin
15ml fresh lemon juice
15ml rosemary syrup
Ice
Soda water (approx 90 – 120ml)

Pour gin, lemon juice and rosemary syrup into a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake.

Pour over ice in a glass, top up with soda water. Garnish with fresh lemon and rosemary.

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22 thoughts on “Rosemary Syrup & Rosemary Gin Fizz

  1. Yay! Claire! I’m so happy to see you turn up in my reader feed! Happy start of MoFo, yes FoMo is funny and true I feel it too but like you, I’ve barely had time to blow the dust off my old blog so I’ll be cheering from the side lines at least! Despite our differing hemispheres, as you need a cooling drink heading into the summer (I’m wrapped in a blanket drinking hot coffee) the rosemary is a seasonal nod to us Northerners too!

  2. Hey there! Quick question – what’s the difference between soda water and tonic, please? And would you mind sharing the brand of soda water that you use, in case they’re not the same thing, so I could look out for it? Thanks very much!

    1. Hi NT – thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚ Tonic water has a bitterness to it, with the addition of quinine, while soda water is basically carbonated water – it has less of a flavour. I used Schweppes brand in Australia. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  3. Glad you submitted to the MoFo fomo and started posting again! I love the look of that cocktail, and I have a strong urge to try something with poached pears and that syrup!

  4. Oh, that is very much my kind of drink! I’ve got a citrus sugar syrup on the go at home right now and I often make thyme sugar syrup too. We grow a bit of rosemary so there’s nothing stopping me from making your version!

    1. I’d love to get into making some flavoured cordials but have not given it a crack – I remember a delicious rhubarb cordial served with lemonade at the farmer’s markets when I lived in Hobart. I don’t think I will keep up too well, but we can only try right? Happy MoFo πŸ™‚

  5. So good to see you participating in VeganMofo, been missing your blogging. I have tentatively signed up too, as I don’t have much energy for blogging these days. Look forward to seeing what else you share, the rosemary syrup is very appealing

    1. You too Shaheen! I wish I could solve the problem I am having with my OpenID as I am still unable to comment on your blog and many other blogs hosted through blogspot. It’s a real pain! I’ve still been reading along with your blog and will continue to do so πŸ™‚

  6. How nice that you are participating in mofo! I thought about signing up, gave myself a few days to think about it, and promptly forgot all about it. Next year? A gin fizz was one of the first cocktails I ever tried β€” your version sounds like a real treat, though truth is I rarely drink anymore. I like Johanna’s idea to use the syrup to flavor non-alcoholic drinks like lemonade. mmm.

    1. Hi Andrea! I can totally understand that – I ummed and ahhed and then decided to sign up at last minute. Not sure how I will go, but will give it a shot. I agree – the syrups would be lovely to flavour lemonades. Am keen to try out some other flavourings next.

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