Three glass tumblers filled with Evergreen Sparkler, a fizzy lemon, rosemary, and gin cocktail from the book Merry Cocktails by Jessica Strand. Rosemary sprigs garnish each glass. The background is a glittery silver.

Fresh sprigs of rosemary make a festive garnish for Evergreen Sparklers from VERY MERRY COCKTAILS by Jessica Strand (Chronicle Books 2020).

Evergreen Sparkler

Makes 1 drink

  • 2 oz [60 ml] gin
  • 2 oz [60 ml] Rosemary Syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 oz [60 ml] fresh lemon juice
  • Club soda, for topping off
  • Rosemary sprig, for garnish

book cover for Very Merry Cocktails by Jessica StrandFill a tumbler glass with ice. Pour the gin, rosemary syrup, and lemon juice into an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into the glass, leaving about 1 inch [2.5 cm] of space at the top. Top off with club soda and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Rosemary Syrup

  • 1 cup [200 g] sugar
  • 8 oz [240 ml] water
  • 3 rosemary sprigs

Combine the sugar, water, and rose­mary sprigs in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool. Strain the syrup and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 12 oz [355 ml].


Reprinted from Very Merry Cocktails by Jessica Strand with permission by Chronicle Books, 2020 | Photography by Ren Fuller

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