Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a low growing, perennial, woody herb with evergreen needles and small, pale blue flowers that is native to the Mediterranean region. Rosemary's name comes from the Latin ros marinus, or "dew of the sea" which describes its low water needs and proclivity to grow on rocky cliffs near the ocean.
Rosemary has many culinary uses. It naturally pairs with red meat, but also works well with game birds, tomato sauces, and other vegetables. Rosemary has an aggressive piney-minty camphoraceous aroma, and is fairly bitter, so it can dominate food or cocktails in small amounts.
In cocktails, rosemary can be infused into simple syrup with good results. It can mimic the flavors of gin, and provide balancing bitter notes to cocktails. It is a natural pair with gin and citrus.
Some popular cocktails containing Rosemary
- Susina Sour — Plum eau-de-vie, Orange liqueur, Gin, Lemon juice, Honey syrup, Cherry, Rosemary
- For Remembrance — Gran Classico, Aromatized wine, Bianco Vermouth, Grapefruit bitters, Grapefruit juice, Rosemary, Lemon peel
- Break Bumper — Bourbon, Triple sec, Bitters, Peychaud's Bitters, Sparkling white wine, Lemon peel, Rosemary
- Pixie Fingers — Gin, Tonic water, Lemon juice, Lime juice, Agave syrup, Rosemary, Lemon
- Lady Loam — Mezcal, Aperol, Bruto Americano, Beet juice, Rosemary
- Mosquitera — Aromatized wine, Blanco tequila, Soda water, Lime juice, Rosemary, Lime
- Winter Sour — Campari, Meyer lemon juice, Honey syrup, Egg white, Rosemary
- Nashville Spring — Rye, Aromatized wine, Cherry Liqueur, Cynar, Scotch, Orange bitters, Rosemary, Cucumber, Orange
- Navy Fizz — Gin, Campari, Soda water, Simple syrup, Lemon juice, Rosemary, Nectarine
- Apple of my Eye — Añejo rum, Falernum, Pineapple juice, Lime juice, Agave syrup, Vanilla extract, Rosemary