Rosemary Grapefruit Soda

Happy New Year’s Eve! After a wonderful week that included visiting with family and friends, I have begun to look forward to the new year.

Tonight, I have been invited to a party. I would prefer to stay at home and relax on the couch with a book, but I decided to kick-start my resolutions by getting out of my comfort zone. If you find yourself in need of a little resolution inspiration, I found the lists 32 Things You Should Stop Caring About and 25 Things You Need to Forget About rather enlightening.

 

 

Sparkling Rosemary Grapefruit Soda

Last year, I wanted to practice yoga on a more regular basis and to bake a galette, a Charlotte, and Baked Alaska. I succeeded at the yoga and the galette. I did not even attempt the Charlotte and Baked Alaska, and perhaps surprising myself, I did not care. Preferences change, and I decided I simply was not in the mood. Maybe I will get around to those desserts this year and maybe I will not. Either way, I’m sure it will be fine. I really do not see a problem with making resolutions any time during the year.

The two times per year my girlfriends and I get it together enough to make it to brunch, we typically find ourselves at a restaurant that serves a very similar drink. It is delicious, refreshing, and the perfect use for winter citrus. As suggested in the original recipe, the rosemary-infused simple syrup is also a great sweetener for lemonade. Enjoy!

Rosemary Grapefruit Soda

Sparkling Rosemary Grapefruit Soda
 
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice (about two grapefruits)
  • 5 cups club soda or plain sparkling water
  • Ice, for serving
  • Rosemary sprigs, for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Combine the plain water, granulated sugar and rosemary in a saucepan over high heat.
  2. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot to the touch, about three to five minutes.
  3. Remove the syrup from the heat and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the rosemary flavor to infuse throughout the syrup.
  4. When the time has passed, use a mesh strainer (or colander in a pinch) to strain the syrup into a pitcher. Discard the strained rosemary.
  5. Add the grapefruit juice and stir to combine.
  6. Immediately before serving, add the club soda or sparkling water and again stir to combine.
  7. Serve over ice and garnish each glass with sprig of rosemary.
 

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