On Saturday night we had our friends Chris, Alyssa, John and Mia over for dinner. The menu made ample use of rosemary (sprinkled with garlic on lamb chops, tossed with olive oil and roasted potatoes, and featured in a bud vase on the dinner table), so why not drink it as well? I found this simple recipe for Vodka Rosemary Lemon Fizz in the May issue of Gourmet, and it is undoubtedly going to be in heavy rotation this summer. It was a huge hit with both boys and girls the other night, and couldn’t be easier to make. Just boil lemon juice, sugar and rosemary in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves, then reduce heat and simmer for a couple minutes and then let cool for an hour or so.
To assemble fizz, each glass gets about 2 TBSP of the syrup, and generous splash of vodka and then top with club soda. A rosemary sprig makes a gorgeous garnish.