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The late spring and early summer months are an oddly sentimental time for me. This May marks two years since we moved to Seattle and June will be our second wedding anniversary. This time two years ago, we were putting the finishing touches on our wedding planning – confirming the timelines, perfecting our vows, and finalizing our menu. When we started planning our wedding, we were surprised at how expensive it was to stock a full bar if you’re supplying all of your own alcohol (which we were). We ended up getting a few kegs of beer, three different types of wine (which was WAY too much) and a signature wedding cocktail. From the moment we decided to do a signature wedding cocktail, I knew that I wanted it to include gin, my favorite type of alcohol.
We ended up going with a lemony gin drink with a rosemary simple syrup, which was perfectly refreshing for a hot summer day. Here is the recipe, courtesy of our caterer (no, I didn't make it up so I can't take credit for the recipe).
Signature Wedding Cocktail: Rosemary & Lemon Gin Cocktail
– 1/2 cup water
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/2 cup ground fresh rosemary (Tip – if you have rosemary in your herb garden, grab a handful and throw it in your food processor or coffee grinder to grind it up. No grinder? Just chop it up)
1. Bring the water to a boil
2. Add the sugar and ground rosemary, stirring until the sugar has dissolved
3. Remove from heat and let the syrup sit for about 45 minutes
4. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the syrup into another bowl. Set aside.
1. Fill your glass with ice
2. Add the gin, lemon juice, and rosemary syrup and stir
3. Add some seltzer water or club soda and give it a quick stir with the sprig of rosemary.
4. Leave that rosemary sprig in that cocktail for a pretty garnish
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can substitute the lemon juice and use Seagram’s Lime Gin for a different citrus flavor.
Almost two years later, the Mr. and I recreated those drinks to celebrate an in-home date night. We made a batch of rosemary simple syrup, opened up a bottle of Seagram’s Gin, and did our best to recreate the drink that our caterer made two Junes ago. And we did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself. The drink was refreshing, not too sweet, and very smooth, thanks to the high-quality of botanicals and neutral grains in Seagram’s. And, the best part is that it didn’t break the bank. That’s probably why Seagram’s is American’s number 1 Gin.