Valentine's Day Cocktail

We wanted to mix up something sweet for our sweetie this Valentine's Day but with a new baby at home, it needed to meet two important criteria - EASY and with ALCOHOL! This is one of our favorite cocktails, a recipe created by my Aunt Peggy who first tried this drink down at one of her favorite restaurants in North Carolina.

It's not too sweet, thanks to the balance that comes from the tart lemon juice and we love the Italian twist, with the rosemary simple syrup. We've added our own glamorous touch, with the sugared rosemary garnish. 

Ingredients - makes 1 cocktail

1 shot Citron Vodka

1 shot lemon juice (fresh squeezed)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

5 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 Tbsp. superfine sugar

First, make the rosemary simple syrup (which can actually be done up to 1 month in advance and stored in the fridge. How's that for a make ahead recipe?) Stir together the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Toss in four sprigs of rosemary and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. 

Boil until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand about 30 minutes or until cool. Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer into an airtight container, discarding the rosemary sprigs.

Cover and chill.*

Next, make the rosemary garnish.  Dip your rosemary sprig in hot water, then generously sprinkle with superfine sugar. Let dry on a parchment lined baking sheet, about 45 minutes, until the sugar hardens.

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 shot of Citron vodka, 1 shot of fresh lemon juice and 1 shot of your rosemary simple syrup. Pour into a martini glass and top with your rosemary sprig garnish. 

Cheers to your Valentine, whether it's your husband, sister, best friend, mom...or new baby!

*Syrup may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month.