Ah, early summer. It warms to the 80s and 90s every day, but without the oppressive humidity that will strike come August. The absolute perfect time of year to enjoy an after-dinner drink on a shady porch.
A recent Real Simple included a fun recipe that I tweaked to my fancy – rosemary rose fizz. (I don’t know how to make the accent sign over the “e” – rose-aye) It involves making a rosemary-scented simple syrup and adding it to your favorite sparkling spirit. I added it to sparkling rose champagne and prosecco – the less-sweet the wine, the better!
The rosemary offers a lemon-piney scent to the sweet fizz of the wine. As if each bubble were bursting with floral notes. Lovely!
Rosemary Rose Fizz
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
- Bottle of your favorite champagne or sparkling wine
Combine sugar and water in small saucepan and bring to boil, then add rosemary and stir until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool, then strain out the rosemary.
To serve, dribble a small bit of the rosemary syrup in the bottom of your serving glass – I would do no more than a Tablespoon for a champagne flute, but adjust to your tastes. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with rosemary sprig, if desired.
You could also serve it over ice, which was nice for us because the rose champagne wasn’t completely chilled yet.
Enjoy your after-dinner drinks, friends! xoxo