So you might be here because you love a tipple and fancy checking out this LAVELY cocktail recipe, or you might have clicked in to find out what the hell I’m talking about when I say it’s a ‘Christmas in July’ cocktail!?
Basically, down here in Australia our seasons are back to front to the northern hemisphere, and since Oz is full of expats like myself, when winter arrives we feel (I certainly do anyway!) a little festive.. So because our Christmases are usually celebrated in anything up to 40 degree heat, it only feels right and fair we celebrate it twice, once when it’s actual Christmas, and once when it feels more Christmassy – winter! So guys, if you’re not from down here and feel sorry for us for having to celebrate Christmas in the heat, please don’t because we can basically chose to have TWO *smug*.
(BTW, my husband and I watched Love Actually this week. It was cold and raining outside and I was feeling festive as hell, so yep, Christmas in July is awesome for people who are as crazy about the festive season as me.)
Anyway…. I’ve wanted to mix things up a bit on the blog here for a while and all this got me thinking that I really fancied trying out a new cocktail to have as a go-to during this month when I’m feeling a little festive, so tried my hand at a little recipe I had seen and loved the sound of. Because this is a place to share my fave things, where better to share it than here on my blog with you guys, I hope you like it! It includes gin, and something a little different…
For those of you living up where it’s currently summer, this is still perfect drink to make in the summer as it’s v v refreshing.
- 60ml gin (I used what I had in the kitchen, but there are way nicer gins out lately that I must try!)
- 60ml pomegranate juice
- Soda water (to top)
- 1 tbsp rosemary syrup (the ‘something a little different’ bit)
- 1 tsp pomegranate arils (to garnish)
- A sprig of rosemary (to garnish)
I bought my gorgeous copper cocktail shaker from Pottery barn and I am obsessed! It looks proper classy in my kitchen, now all I need is a bar cart! *Makes one cocktail, gets carried away*
Ok so I first made the rosemary syrup, it’s really easy and it is made like this…
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 sprig rosemary
You basically heated it all together until it boils, turn it down and simmer for a minute or 2, then remove and cool. Told you it was easy!
I absolutely love this little recipe, the syrup smells amazing! I don’t think I ever realised how much rosemary looks and smells like pine trees. I’ll definitely make it at Christmas from now on.
To the cocktail shaker add the ice, gin, pomegranate juice, and 1 tablespoon of the rosemary syrup and shake it all together. Once shaken, pour it over ice..
Then top this mixture with soda water to your taste, garnish with the pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary and you are done!
How great does the garnish make it look? I think its such a beautiful looking cocktail to present to your friends any time of year.
I hope you liked this lifestyle-y post I’ve thrown in, just fancied doing a little something to mix things up a bit! Let me know if you make this and what you think. It was fun to make and even better to drink!
Love G x