Summertime in Paris

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.

Summertime in Paris

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…

Summertime in Paris

Adapted from Marie Claire


1 1/2 oz citrus vodka
1/2 organic rosemary sprig
1/2 oz Meyer lemon juice
1/2 oz lemongrass simple syrup
Dash of soda


Muddle rosemary with lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker. Add ice and citrus vodka and shake.  Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and top with soda. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig and serve.


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3 responses to “Summertime in Paris

  1. This sounds really really good…we have been hooked on Patron and Pineapple juice concoctions but this sounds amazingly refreshing.

  2. Mmm, sounds so delicious and refreshing. Love the song!

    • Marihelen

      Oh, Larry. Not only are you an accomplished chef and baker, but you had me with Eartha Kitt purring like a kitten.

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