· People are going to tell you that rosemary and whiskey don't go together. These people are liars. This is the proof. ·

April 28, 2017 2 Comments

One of the first things that I really liked about Australia was Bundaberg ginger beer. It brings to mind long boring car drips, made better by a stop at the petrol station for ‘all natural gummies’, iced coffee and ginger beer. It comes to me in daydreams on hot days, dripping with perspiration and a wedge of lime. This is my alcoholic tribute to Bundaberg, with a twist.

This cocktail might seem like a lot of work. There’s a bespoke syrup, a decoration that needs to be made and then there is of course the whole shaker business. Don’t let that discourage you. Once you try it you’ll understand. There’s a wonderful balance of flavours. You have a wonderful kind of herbal sweetness brought on by the syrup, the warmth of the whiskey with a citrusy finish. The combination is almost revitalising.



  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 5m


  • 1 Large Whiskey
  • 1 Large Brandy
  • 1 1/2 Grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 Lime Juice
  • Ginger Beer
  • Rosemary Syrup


  1. In a shaker combine whiskey, brandy, the juices and rosemary syrup.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into glass, top with ginger beer and a sprig of fresh rosemary to stir.

The syrup is easy to make and can be made and stored weeks in advance. That means you can make one large dose and keep using it for a month. It’s versatile too. Think of adding it to teas or desserts. It adds an aromatic twist to otherwise boring items.



This easy to make simple syrup can be made up to a month in advance and is a great bar staple to have on hand as it can be poured into anything from water to wine. Photo Credit: https://drinksss.com/en/card/rosemary-simple-syrup/ Related

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 10m


  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Fresh rosemary, leaves only


  1. As with most simple syrups, combine equal parts sugar and water with a healthy dose of your aromatic (rosemary) and boil down until a syrupy consistency is reached.

The decorative sugar rosemary is ofcourse optional but it adds to the whole feel of the cocktail. The fact that the rosemary perfume kind of washes over you as you take your first trip is also an added bonus. After all you’re trying to create an experience not only a cocktail. Right? And look how pretty!


These little delights can be used to add a touch of earthy glamour to a plethora of cocktails as well as certain desserts and it is so easy to make! Photo Credit: http://designfromca.blogspot.fr/2013/10/seasonal-sangria.html Related

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 15m


  • Fresh Rosemary sprigs
  • Water
  • Sugar


  1. Rinse your fresh rosemary and set aside.
  2. Sprinkle a generous amount of sugar all over the sprigs until you are satisfied with the coverage.
  3. Place on parchment paper and leave to dry out in an off oven until completely dry.



  1. The Noshologist

    May 5, 2017

    I just showed my husband and we are both trying this! And I LOVE rosemary!

    • sian.hobbs@hotmail.com

      May 5, 2017

      YAY! i’m so happy you like it! Let me know how you find it. Incase I don’t change the recipe before you make them, a ‘big’ is 30mls and a ‘small’ is 16mls. My jigger isn’t labelled so I was unaware of the size before! Anyway! Glad you like it, hope you enjoy it 🙂

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