Most people have a love / hate relationship with Daylight Savings Time. It’s great that the days get longer and there is more sunlight, but it stinks that you lose an hour of precious sleep. It can make you feel jet lagged without ever leaving your zip code. People do all kinds of things to prepare to make the transition easier on themselves. You can begin by going to bed a bit earlier, walking the dog later, avoiding your blue screens and gluten (I made the gluten thing up), etc. That’s all great, but I prefer to take a different approach. When I know we are heading into Daylight Savings Time, I begin thinking about switching from my winter cocktail of choice to my spring cocktail of choice. This can be as simple as moving from drinking Manhattans on a regular basis to a simple dry martini. This year, I’m inspired by the unseasonably warm weather we have had in Southern California. I’m thinking about fresh fruits and vegetables and all the great things that come with spring and summer.
- 1 (750ml) bottle of vodka
- 2-4 large rosemary sprigs
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 ounces rosemary-infused vodka
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Rosemary sprig for garnish
- Place rosemary sprigs in a 1 quart resealable glass jar or decanter and pour in vodka. Let sit at room temperature for 24 -48 hour depending on desired rosemary flavor.
- Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and let cool before using.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine rosemary infused vodka, simple syrup, grapefruit juice and lemon juice.
- Add ice and shake.
- Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a rosemary sprig.
This Spring Forward cocktail is perfect. It utilizes rosemary infused vodka along with ruby red grapefruit juice. It’s such a simple pairing that is very refreshing and embodies all the things about spring that I love.
Just mixing this cocktail makes me think of all the fresh fruits and vegetables of spring and summer. Even if you are in a climate where it is still cold, this will get you in the spring frame of mind. This recipe would be great for a large spring party. Just increase the recipe to accommodate the number of servings you would like based on your guest count. It is super easy to prepare a large pitcher ahead of time and shake in a cocktail shaker once your guests have arrived.
Enjoy this cocktail as we head into the next season. I hope you enjoy all the fresh flavors and it makes your Spring Forward just a little bit easier!
Please enjoy this and any cocktail responsibly. We love you and want you to be safe!