I won’t lie, a lot of the cocktail mixtures I “invented” were ill-conceived duds (Ed. Note: chives need a lot of measurement testing before they will contribute to a beverage that won’t make your friends barf), but a few stood out as big time winners and one, in particular, makes a regular appearance on my table all summer long.
Here’s what’s in it:
- Sparkling Mineral Water
And, here’s how you make it:
- Pick several sprigs of rosemary from your bush (or out of the plastic container from the shop)
- Trim the excess stem and ‘muddle’ (mash lightly—just enough to release the flavour—with a wooden spoon or pestle unless you have a muddler) in a glass jug.
- Add a few cups of crushed ice, approximately half of the cucumber in 1/2 cm thick rounds
- Include an ounce of vodka for each glass that the jug holds (or to your preference)
- And top up with mineral water.
Result? A drink that looks incredibly beautiful in it’s green, bushy simplicity; tastes like fresh summer days; won’t pack on the pounds (especially important in summer); and keeps you hydrated and full of phytoflavoids*
Enjoy, and don’t forget to rename it something awesome!
*I made this word up, so please don’t Google or quote me on it.
EDIT: So, I Googled and apparently Phytoflavinoids are a thing, but I still think it’s best we don’t bank on Roculola delivering them…