Photo and recipe by @modestmarce.
Cheers to 2016! Avoid added calories (and hangovers) by opting for a light cocktail like these Rosemary and Cranberry Spritzers. By using homemade rosemary simple syrup, you can control the sweetness and avoid unnecessary sugar intake. Also, spritzers are a great option because they tend to be less alcoholic than typical mixed drinks, and the addition of sparkling water will ensure that you stay hydrated throughout the night. Not drinking this year? Skip the gin or vodka and enjoy this as a festive mocktail.
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For rosemary syrup
2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
For cranberry rosemary spritzer
1/2 ounce rosemary syrup
1.5 ounces vodka or gin (optional)
4 ounces cranberry juice
4 ounces sparkling water
1 sprig fresh rosemary, as garnish
Frozen cranberries, as garnish
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For the rosemary syrup
In a sauce pan over medium heat combine rosemary, sugar & water. Bring to a boil and remove from heat once the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature and strain the herbs.
To prepare the cocktail
Fill glass with frozen cranberries and crushed ice. Top with rosemary syrup, vodka, cranberry juice and sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and frozen cranberries.
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