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Vodka Variations: Rosemary Greyhounds & Elderflower Fizz

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Ringing in the New Year doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Using just a few simple ingredients from your pantry, and a few star seasonal players, you can create a couple tasty options for your New Year’s bar. I like to think of these two drinks as not only variations on vodka, but also representative of my two homes: Austin and Boston. Or rather, these two drinks rep for both sides of the Mason-Dixon line: Grapefruit from the South and Elderflowers from the North.  Drink to the Nation, drink to the New Year.

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Rosemary Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

2-3 large fresh rosemary

In a small sauce pan, combine all ingredients, heat to a boil, reduce and cook until sugar is dissolved and mixture is syrupy. Remove rosemary sprigs. Cool and store in airtight container.

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Rosemary Greyhound

1-2 ounce vodka

3 ounces fresh red grapefruit juice (pulp optional)

1 teaspoon rosemary simple syrup

Chill all ingredients, shake with ice, pour into highball, garnish with rosemary sprig.

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Elderflower Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup dried elderflowers

In a small sauce pan, combine all ingredients, heat to a boil, reduce and cook until sugar is dissolved and mixture is syrupy. Strain out elderflowers. Cool and store in airtight container.

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Elderflower Fizz

1-2 ounce vodka

3 ounces club soda

1 tablespoon elderflower syrup

sanding sugar

Rim highball with sanding sugar. Shake or stir together vodka and elderflower syrup, add to glass. Top with club soda.

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If you can’t partake of alcohol or trying to avoid it you can easily enjoy either of these drinks without the vodka. Just up the amount of juice or soda.

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Whether your New Year’s Eve is snowy (like ours) or sultry (like some of the South) these drinks will warm you up while simultaneously making you oh so cool. Cheers!

4 thoughts on “Vodka Variations: Rosemary Greyhounds & Elderflower Fizz

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  2. I know this is an older post, but I just wanted to say thank you for these great drink recipes! We’re using the Rosemary Greyhound for one of our wedding cocktails! It’s fantastic. Also, those paper straws are adorable!

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog and I’m glad you like the drink recipes! Those awesome paper straws are from Paper Source in case you want to use them ( they matched my wedding decor but didn’t come out till after all was said and done)!

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