Spread Holiday Cheer with this Merry Evergreen Sparkler from Very Merry Cocktails by Jessica Strand

Spread holiday cheer with this merry Evergreen Sparker recipe from 'Very Merry Cocktails' by Jessica Strand (Chronicle Books, September 2020).


This pleasingly piney drink will be a satisfying way to spread cheer after a day of decorating or a walk in a wintery forest.


Merry evergreen sparkler

Ingredients and Directions:

    • 2 oz [60 ml] gin
    • 2 oz [60 ml] Rosemary Syrup (BELOW)
    • 2 oz [60 ml] fresh lemon juice
    • Club soda, for topping off
    • Rosemary sprig, for garnish

Fill a tumbler glass with ice. Pour the gin, rosemary syrup, and lemon juice into an ice filled shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into the glass, leaving about 1 in [2.5 cm] of space at the top. Top off with club soda and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

    • 1 cup [200 g] sugar
    • 8 oz [240 ml] water
    • 3 rosemary sprigs

Combine the sugar, water, and rose­mary sprigs in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool. Strain the syrup and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 12 oz [355 ml].

(* Reprinted from 'Very Merry Cocktails' by Jessica Strand with permission by Chronicle Books, 2020 -Photography by Ren Fuller)

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