Many thanks to Jason at Ancient Fire Wines for this fabulous drink. (http://ancientfirewineblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/grilled-herb-cocktails.html) Connie and I tried the limoncello-gin with grilled thyme cocktail last week and it got me thinking about other drinks that could be made with grilled herbs. I came up with a list. But, knowing that Jason's the expert when it comes to mixology, I sent him on a quest to come up with some new ones too. We were out of oranges and didn't want to make a grocery run so Connie used orange juice concentrate instead. These were SO good. And, that's coming from a scotch drinker who typically doesn't care for bourbon! Can't wait to try the Strawberry Rosemary Cooler tonight! Thank you Jason :-)
Grilled Rosemary Old Fashioned
Ingredients for one drink:
2 oz bourbon
1 oz rosemary infused simple syrup
(1 part water, 2 parts sugar = 1/2 c water, 1 c sugar, 4 sprigs rosemary)
1/2 T orange juice concentrate
dash of bitters
2 maraschino cherries
Grill the rosemary.
Make sure you just get the rosemary brown - don't char it :-)
Make the rosemary syrup by heating the water, then adding the sugar and stirring until it's dissolved. Add the grilled rosemary sprigs and allow them to steep for at least an hour.
Combine the bourbon, rosemary simple syrup, orange juice and bitters.
Skewer the cherries on the rosemary and serve.
Adapted from ancientfirewineblog.blogspot.com