Do you make cocktails at home? You should. It's way easy and almost like going out...and even better if you're one of those cool people with good taste and have a living space bursting with ambiance.
Fresh grapefruit is one of my favorite winter fruits so I loved being able to incorporate it into a cocktail. This one is especially good because it uses a rosemary-infused honey simple syrup. If you're like me, you've probably only used rosemary for savory foods but MY GOODNESS does it smell good when simmered with honey.
The base of this cocktail is whiskey...no further explanation needed, right? Because of course it’s going to be good! You can use any mid-level whiskey in this drink, but if you’re feeling extra fancy, opt for a rye whiskey. Rye whiskey is a bit punchier than standard whiskey so it gives the drink an extra level of depth. We did a side by side taste test with the rye whiskey and the regular whiskey and the rye version tasted even cozier and more campfire-esque.
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 2 oz. whiskey
- 1 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- Start by making the rosemary honey simple syrup by combining ¼ c. honey and ¼ c. water into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir to combine and add 1 rosemary sprig. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes. Cool completely and remove rosemary sprig before using. Simple syrup can be stored in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks
- To make the cocktails, add ¾ oz rosemary honey simple syrup, whiskey, and grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake 10 seconds.
- Serve in a chilled glass and garnish with rosemary sprigs and a small slice of grapefruit if desired.