Oh how I wish. But summertime in New York will just have to suffice for now.
Making this drink was inspired by two things – a leftover stalk of lemongrass and the always present leftover rosemary.
We love cooking with rosemary but find that a small amount goes a long way. Therefore, after we have roasted rosemary chicken, made our favorite potatoes, or used a sprig as a skewer for the grill, we are always left looking for ways to use the remains of the bunch. So, we were excited to discover this cocktail recipe that includes fresh rosemary.
Lemongrass simple syrup is really easy to make. Combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup of water with a stalk of smashed and chopped lemongrass and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and the mixture infuse for 30 minutes or so. Once cooled, strain and there it is – lemongrass simple syrup.
No sooner had I found a use for the rosemary and the lemongrass than I learned that Meyer lemons were also required. They are not the easiest to find, have a definite season, and came and went here in New York in early spring. I was not able to find any for this recipe so I made my own “Meyer lemon” juice by mixing 3 parts regular lemon juice with 1 part orange juice.
Vodka, rosemary, lemongrass, summertime, Paris… C’est si bon!
And if you don’t believe me, here’s how Eartha Kitt said it…