Recipe: Grapefruit & Rosemary Gin Cocktail

I have something to admit. I didn't know I liked gin. **Cue gasps**

Most of the time I've been able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage legally, I've been a simple vodka girl. Specifically, vodka and club soda with as many limes as you can shove into the glass. Fancy cocktails kind of overwhelmed me. So many ingredients I didn't really know. Spirits that I wasn't familiar with. What do angostura bitters taste like? All in a glass for $9. But recently I've been on a quest to try more things and of course new cocktails falls into that goal.

Recently I found myself meeting friends at a whiskey bar (which I know I dislike), searching for a cocktail that wasn't whiskey and decided a gin-based cocktail would do the trick. And it was great! I'm sold! So I bought a bottle of gin and made you this cocktail. It's that easy folks.

Grapefruit & Rosemary Gin Cocktail

Yields one cocktail

  • 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice
  • 2-4 ounces gin
  • 1 oz rosemary-infused simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 4 dashed of Angostura bitters
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish

To make the simple syrup: Bring 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 2 sprigs of rosemary to a slight boil in a small sauce pan. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then turn off the heat and let the rosemary sit in liquid for 30 mins. Transfer to an airtight container and let cool completely in the fridge before use. 

To make the cocktail, pour grapefruit juice, gin, and simple syrup over ice in a glass. Add dashes of bitters and stir to incorporate. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and enjoy.