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mint/rosemary simple syrup

fishie Jun 19, 2008 07:56 PM

Blueberries, ? lemon vodka, soda? skip the soda? garnish with a rosemary stalk???

I know the blueberry/mint/rosemary is a good combination. Trying to get the boozy piece. Will serve in an old fashioned glass.

I have rum, but I don't think that will work with the rosemary.

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    Xaga RE: fishie Jun 20, 2008 05:27 AM

    With Rosemary, you might be better off using Gin, or something crazy like Cynar.

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      ShadowedOne RE: Xaga Jun 20, 2008 10:23 AM

      I'd second the Gin recommendation. Maybe a nice citrusy Gin to complement the herbal note in your simple syrup.

    2. Cookanddog RE: fishie Jun 20, 2008 05:18 PM

      gin will compete too much with rosemary (I think they are related) try something neutral like vodka. I wouldn't garnish with a rosemary stalk, you want to be able to eat the garnish. Instead, take the leaves off the rosemary leaving you with a skewer and pierce a few blueberries on it. yum. Maybe, make a rosemary simple syrup then make a "mojito like" drink and muddle the mint on the bottom of the glass with some blueberries, add vodka and syrup and a bit of soda and garnish rosemary skewers of blueberries and mint. just an idea

      1. JMF RE: fishie Jun 21, 2008 07:55 AM

        Gin of course, all those botanicals would pair well. Of course it depends upon the gin. I don't agree that they would compete with the rosemary, as a matter of fact I know from expreience that the opposite is true. Gin and rosemary work very well. I have infused a bruised rosemary stalk for a few minutes in gin before making a martini and it was great.

        BUT a rum agricole (made from cane juice not molasses) isn't sweet and would pair fabulously because of its earthy and musky flavors. Something like Clement Premierre Canne or RHUM JM white.

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          mikemack RE: fishie Nov 18, 2009 06:49 PM

          my girl and i made a nice drink over the summer, the ingredients are simple:
          a 750ml bottle of Ketel One
          a fistful of mint (find someone with big fists to go mint crazy!)

          combine both mint and vodka in a blender and blend for just a few seconds. this i find to be the fastest way to really open up the mint and get its flavor into the vodka.
          after blending just strain through a coffee filter or cheese cloth, serve on the rocks and enjoy!

          simple, easy, refreshing, the color of healthy summer green grass, and will send you to the moon! :D

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