Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a low growing, perennial, woody herb with evergreen needles and small, pale blue flowers that is native to the Mediterranean region. Rosemary's name comes from the Latin ros marinus, or "dew of the sea" which describes its low water needs and proclivity to grow on rocky cliffs near the ocean.
Rosemary has many culinary uses. It naturally pairs with red meat, but also works well with game birds, tomato sauces, and other vegetables. Rosemary has an aggressive piney-minty camphoraceous aroma, and is fairly bitter, so it can dominate food or cocktails in small amounts.
In cocktails, rosemary can be infused into simple syrup with good results. It can mimic the flavors of gin, and provide balancing bitter notes to cocktails. It is a natural pair with gin and citrus.
Some popular cocktails containing Rosemary
- Apparent Sour — Aperol, Elderflower liqueur, Lime juice, Rosemary
- Rubicon — Gin, Herbal liqueur, Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon juice, Rosemary
- Rosarita — Tequila, Herbal liqueur, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Rosemary
- October’s Still Green — Pear eau de vie, Herbal liqueur, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Rosemary
- Billy Bones — Spiced Rum, Scotch, Honey Ginger Syrup, Lemon juice, Rosemary