Although using herbs in cocktails is nothing new — in the Summer, I love incorporating basil into drinks — recently, I've been really into experimenting with rosemary as a flavor enhancer. In this recipe, the woodsy herb adds a hint of earthiness to a vodka-cranberry-based concoction. The original method, which I found on a fun iPhone application, calls for blackberry vodka, but I didn't want to splurge on an entirely new bottle of vodka, so I substituted regular vodka instead. It still tastes delicious: it's potent yet balanced and fruity without being overly sweet. I'm definitely making this recipe again! To give it a try, learn the technique now.
Ingredients 2 1/4 cups vodka Directions Serves 8-10.
3/4 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup simple syrup
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
12-20 rosemary sprigs
2 1/4 cups vodka