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Tuscan Rosemary Lemon Drop

Tuscan Rosemary Lemon Drop
YIELDS
1 serving

I created this cocktail for my dear friends Michelle and Don’s wedding reception in Tuscany. To this day, I can picture everyone standing on the villa lawn enjoying their drinks–heels kicked off, ties loosened, and laughter fading into the Tuscan sunset.

Recipe from Sips & Apps, © 2009 by Kathy Casey, reprinted by permission of Chronicle Books.

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Ingredients

Tuscan Rosemary Lemon Drop

1
sprig fresh rosemary
1-½
ounces vodka
½
oz limoncello
½
oz fresh lemon juice
½
oz simple syrup

To Make Rosemary Sugar

2
Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, coarsely chopped
1
cup superfine sugar

To Make Simple Syrup

2
cup water
2
cup sugar
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Directions

Step 1

Rim a large martini glass with rosemary sugar, and set aside.

Step 2

Bend 1 rosemary sprig and drop into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Measure in the vodka, limoncello, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Cap and shake vigorously. Strain into the sugar-rimmed glass. Float a rosemary sprig in the drink for garnish.
Tip: If you don’t have limoncello, then increase the lemon juice and simple syrup to 3/4 ounce each.

Step 3

Float a rosemary sprig in the drink for garnish.

Step 4

Tip: If you don’t have limoncello, then increase the lemon juice and simple syrup to 3/4 ounce each.

Step 5

Mix the rosemary and sugar together, and spread the mixture on a rimmed baking sheet. Set in a warm dry place for about 4 days, until the rosemary is completely dried. Process in a food processor or spice grinder until finely ground. Store in a tightly sealed container for up to one month at room temperature.

Step 6

Mix the water and sugar together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil 1 minute then immediately remove from the heat. Let cool to room temperature before using. Store in a clean glass bottle or container, at room temperature, for up to 2 weeks or, refrigerated, for up to 3 months.

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