Rosemary Gimlet

rosemary gimlet and bitter bee cocktail
Photo: Justin Walker
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

We've swapped out the traditional lime for fresh lemon juice in this classic gin cocktail and sweetened the drink with homemade rosemary syrup, which imparts a wonderful piney aroma--make a big batch for your next holiday party!


Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 4 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves


  • 2 ounces gin, such as Hendrick's

  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice

  • Small rosemary sprig, for serving


  1. Rosemary Simple Syrup:

    In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water, sugar, and rosemary to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Let stand 30 minutes, then strain; discard solids. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week. (Makes 1/2 cup.)

  2. Cocktail:

    Combine gin, lemon juice, and 3/4 ounce syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill halfway with ice. Shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain and serve, garnished with rosemary.

Cook's Notes

This recipe is scalable for a crowd: Place the ingredients in a large pitcher. Fill halfway with ice; stir with a long spoon until outside of pitcher is frosty. Strain into glasses; serve with garnishes.

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