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A Maple Bourbon Fruit Fling Named Rosemary

Oh, Rosemary! What a gal! Beautiful, sweet, seductive, makes you feel oh so good… what a catch! In the words of Shakespeare: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” It does indeed in this case.  This delicious and fragrant bourbon drink is something a bit different for your collection of cocktails. I love bourbon but usually drink it neat.  I wanted a unique and interesting libation, so my friend introduced me to something similar to dear, Rosemary. Naturally, I went home and the following week came up with this rendition of her cocktail.  I’d like to think this would’ve made Romeo & Juliet proud! Perhaps, consuming enough of these could’ve cured the feud between the Montagues and Capulets. Alright, enough of this literature speak. The moral of my story is that this is a cocktail not to be missed, I’d befriend this Rosemary any day. Shakespeare or no Shakespeare. Again, I wish I had a current picture from my sweet new camera with my slowly growing photography skills but alas, this is what we’re stuck with for now.  Drink and be merry with thy friends!  

A Maple Bourbon Fruit Fling Named Rosemary
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An incredible bourbon cocktail featuring peach, plum, rosemary, and maple syrup. A friend introduced this to me over a year ago and I've recreated it with a twist. Superbly divine!
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Ingredients
  1. Approximately 1/4 C Bourbon (I like it a bit strong so I use 1/4)
  2. 1/2 a lemon - squeezed
  3. 3 diced peach wedges (no skin) - grilled (preferably if you can)
  4. 3 Tbl diced plum (no skin)
  5. 2 Tbl real maple simple syrup
  6. 3 ripe red cherries (diced) - optional but delicious!
  7. Sprig rosemary
  8. Ice
  9. Top with soda water or San Pellegrino Limonata
  10. 2 Pint glass
Simple Syrup
  1. 1/4 c water
  2. 1/4 c REAL maple syrup
  3. 1/3 c fresh rosemary
  4. 1/4 tsp fresh chopped sage
Instructions
  1. For the maple simple syrup: (This should be made prior so it can cool before you add it to drink)
  2. Put all ingredients in a small pot & bring to a simmer for 5 minutes
  3. Cover & let sit for an additional 5-10 minutes for the flavor to fully develop
  4. Pour the simple syrup through a strainer to get rid of the rosemary and sage pieces
For the drink
  1. In a pint glass add all fruit, simple syrup, lemon, bourbon, ice, and pour back & forth between both pint glasses to mix well
  2. Fill one pint glass with ice and pour the contents of the other glass into the pint with ice
  3. Top with soda water or Limonata, stir, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary
  4. Cheers!
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