Rosemary Simple SyrupPosted: February 22, 2009
It so happened that our friends up in Boston had a bottle of Averna Amaro, which is the key ingredient in one of our most favorite cocktails: the Sicilian Iced Tea. So we had some of those. This is not really a budget cocktail by nature, though you can sub in some inexpensive triple sec in place of the not inexpensive Cointreau with completely satisfactory result.
This drink also requires simple syrup, which is a product that nobody should buy for $3 per 12 oz. container at Trader Joe’s because it is made quickly and easily at home with nothing but sugar and water. Make a batch and use it to sweeten all sorts of hard and soft beverages. It’s especially useful for cold drinks where plain sugar doesn’t dissolve so easily.
In this case, we infused the syrup with fresh rosemary, which is another key ingredient in the Sicilian Iced Tea. I’m betting, however, that folks can come up with some other good uses for it. This barely requires a recipe, but:
Rosemary Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1. Put sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring while the sugar dissolves. Once sugar is dissolved, add the rosemary, reduce heat, and leave to simmer for 15 minutes or so, allowing the syrup to thicken and infuse with the rosemary flavor.
2. Turn off heat and allow to cool in the pan for a bit before transferring, sprigs and all, to a glass jar for storage (in the fridge).