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So refreshing on a warm summer day with citrus juice, vodka, limoncello, coconut water, and champagne. Made with a rosemary citrus simple syrup you make yourself.
Cool summer nights after a hot sunny day, sitting on your porch – the gentle murmurings of pleasant conversation and crickets chirping, while sipping a refreshing champagne cocktail. Does it get any better than that?
Feel free to skip to the recipe or read more to learn about this refreshing rosemary cocktail!Jump to Recipe
Earlier this season I discovered a rosemary bush in full bloom in a neglected corner of my garden.
Where did it come from? I’m not sure – but it must have been planted at some point by the previous owners of my house. The fact that some plant is surviving my dead garden excites me! Time to get creative!
All I knew about rosemary is that it was an herb that looked kinda like the branches of a Christmas tree that you could buy in the store and add to dishes like my Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Ratatouille or my Savory Sweet Potato Casserole.
Reading more about rosemary from Spruce Eats, I also learned that rosemary has legendary roots in mythology as well as the bible; its latin roots meaning “dew of the sea”. Lovely! This calls for a refreshing rosemary libation of some sort!
Many sweetened beverages including cocktails are made with simple syrup – which is usually equal parts sugar and liquid, simmered and cooked down till the sugar is melted and only a syrup remains. I made a really yummy peach-infused simple syrup for my Sweet Peach Iced Tea, another refreshing drink for a warm summer evening!
This simple syrup recipe is for one cocktail. If you are hoping to enjoy the company of friends OR enjoy more that one, you’ll want to plan and make more accordingly! In the note section at the bottom of the recipe card, you will find directions to make simple syrup for 4-6 champagne cocktails.
To make the citrus rosemary simple syrup you will need:
(Exact measurements and directions are found in the handy recipe card below.)Jump to Recipe
- fresh rosemary
- orange juice
- lemon juice
- orange zest
Add the rosemary, sugar, zest, and citrus juices to a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer. The sugar will melt and you will have a highly flavorful simple syrup!
How long will simple syrup last:
Great question! Especially if you make extra (see recipe notes below). Simple syrup should last tightly covered in your refrigerator for about three weeks.
Putting together your refreshing citrus rosemary cocktail!
You will need:
(Exact measurements and directions can be found on the handy printable recipe card below.)
- the rosemary citrus simple syrup you will make
- coconut water
- ice, orange slice, rosemary sprig for garnish
Just pour the cooled simple syrup into a glass over ice along with the vodka, limoncello, coconut water, and champagne.
Garnish with an orange slice, and sprig of fresh rosemary. Let the chill-axing begin!
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Refreshing Rosemary Citrus Champagne Cocktail
- stove top and pan
Rosemary Citrus Simple Syrup for One (See notes below)
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 4 Tablespoons orange juice (about 1 orange)
- 3 Tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- Rosemary Citrus Simple Syrup (see above)
- 1 ounce vodka 2 Tablespoons
- 1 ounce limoncello 2 Tablespoons
- 1 ounce coconut water 2 Tablespoons
- 2 ounces champagne 1/4 cup
- ice for glass
- orange slices and rosemary sprigs for garnish
Rosemary Citrus Simple Syrup (One serving – see notes below)
- Add rosemary sprig, sugar, orange zest, orange and lemon juices to a saucepan. Stir together and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer, cover, and continue simmering for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, strain, and let cool for about 10 minutes.
- Pour the vodka, limoncello and coconut water into a glass over ice. Stir to combine.
- Add the champagne to the other vodka/limoncello/coconut water mixture.
- Add the simple syrup. If this is the first time you've made this cocktail, start with half and taste for sweetness. You can always add more but it will be impossible to take away!
- garnish with an orange slice and rosemary sprig.
- 4 sprigs of rosemary
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup orange juice
- 3/4 cup lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons orange zest (1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon)