Summer is almost making its appearance, so why not celebrate with a refreshing drink? A few weeks back I had to make a welcome drink for a friend’s party. I wanted to make something light and fresh, and a pop of color to represent summer. I also have a pot of growing Rosemary and I was thinking why not combine it into the drink? That was when I had an idea to make an infused syrup. Together with some grapefruit juice, it was a perfect match! Everyone loved it and that pop of orange from the grapefruit definitely fit the party.
So here’s the recipe for this simple summer drink! You can also switch it up to a summer cocktail by simply adding gin or tequila in it.
Grapefruit & Rosemary Mocktail
- 200g sugar
- 200g water
- 3 stalks Rosemary
- 300ml grapefruit juice
- 2 grapefruits
- 500ml tonic water
- Additional Rosemary for garnish
- To make the syrup, simply boil the sugar and water together until all the sugar granules have melted. Add in Rosemary stalks and let it steep for at least 1 hour. Best result will be letting it to steep overnight. Make sure syrup is cool before usage.
- Cut one of the grapefruit into big slices. Mix grapefruit juice and tonic water together into a big punch bowl. Stir in half amount of sugar syrup ( you can adjust the amount of sugar syrup base on your preference) and add in grapefruit slices. * If you’re making a cocktail, simply add in your booze before the syrup and adjust the sweetness after.
- To serve, cut the other grapefruit into wedges and put one piece in each glass. Pour the Mocktail to about 3/4 full and garnish with a stalk of Rosemary.
Happy drinking! *wink*