for the rosemary grapefruit simple syrup (makes about 1-1/2 cups):
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 2 large strips of grapefruit zest
- 2–3 large sprigs of fresh rosemary
for the honey rosemary grapefruit sodas:
- 1–2 parts rosemary simple syrup
- 2 parts fresh grapefruit juice
- 3–4 parts sparkling water or club soda
- ice/fresh rosemary sprigs/grapefruit slices, for serving/garnish
make the rosemary grapefruit simple syrup:
- Heat the water, sugar, honey, and grapefruit juice in a medium sauce pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
- Add the grapefruit zest and rosemary, and let gently simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and steep for up to an hour.
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a glass jar, and chill before serving. Can be made in advance, and stored in the refrigerator for about a week.
make the honey rosemary grapefruit sodas:
- To serve, fill a highball glass with ice. Add the rosemary simple syrup and fresh grapefruit juice. Stir to combine. Top with soda/sparkling water.
- Garnish with grapefruit slices and/or a sprig of rosemary. Serve and enjoy!
Make it boozy: Add 1.5 oz gin before topping with soda.
Make it a rosemary paloma cocktail: Add 1.5 oz tequila and a big squeeze of lime to the rosemary simple and grapefruit juice. Cheers!
Make it vegan: Swap pure maple syrup or organic cane sugar for the honey.
Make it paleo: Swap out the cane sugar, and use a full cup of honey. The honey flavor will be more pronounced, but equally delicious!
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