The holidays are over, and most of us are finally coming out of some fabulous food and drink comas. Looking at you, egg nog.
January is a time for fresh starts and newly made resolutions. For Alaskans, this also means crazy cold spells and winter days that get longer and longer, creeping ever so slowly towards spring.
The Forest Gimlet was inspired by just such days. The kind of day that is breathtakingly gorgeous, refreshing, and icy cold. Rosemary infused vodka adds a hint of warmth to this twist on a classic cocktail.
Making an infused vodka is quite simple. All you'll need is a great vodka, like our Icy Strait Vodka, a large jar, and whatever you want to put in it.
Rosemary is a ridiculously versatile herb with a flavor that can be a subtle hint at the finish of a drink, or a fresh slap to the face at the start, similar to the north wind we've had lately. It goes well with citrus, and makes a great twist on classic vodka cocktails.
Rosemary Infused Vodka
750 mL Icy Strait Vodka
2-3 full sprigs fresh rosemary (I used pieces about 6" long)
Combine vodka and rosemary in a large jar, and leave somewhere dark for 2 or 3 days. Check it after the second day, if you want the flavor to be stronger, leave it to infuse for another day.
1.5 oz Rosemary Infused Icy Strait Vodka
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.