I love me a good cocktail, especially if it has herbal components! I’m of the mind if you can add a bit of herbal or foraged medicine to a festive cocktail, why not? Let’s get healthy while we imbibe! Since rosemary is one of my favorite fresh herbs and it is available year round in my garden, I thought it was the perfect choice. This rosemary champagne cocktail is delicious, and the addition of blood orange makes it extra special!
Fresh Rosemary in Winter
Fresh rosemary is such a treat in the wintertime. Rosemary is not very tolerant of freezing temperatures, but can survive outside to around 20°F (-6.5°C) if planted in the ground. If your winters get much colder than that you will need to keep your rosemary in a pot and bring it indoors.
Here is a great post on keeping rosemary alive indoors!
The first step in making this rosemary champagne cocktail is to make a rosemary syrup. This is super simple to do and the resulting syrup is amazing!
Simmer a few sprigs of fresh rosemary in two cups of water for about 20 minutes, then remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain out the rosemary and add an equal amount of honey to the rosemary infusion (should be about one cup each).
Rosemary Champagne Cocktail Recipe
Once you have your rosemary syrup made then it’s easy to whip up this festive champagne cocktail. I used blood oranges because they add a beautiful color to this drink, but any orange (or even lemon or lime) would work perfectly fine.
If you would like to have a mocktail rather than a cocktail, use sparkling water instead of champagne!
Rosemary Champagne Cocktail with Blood Orange
- 3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup honey
Rosemary Champagne Cocktail (per drink)
- 1-2 tbsp rosemary syrup
- 2 tbsp blood orange juice any citrus can be substituted
- champagne or sparkling water for a mocktail
- rosemary sprig and blood orange slice for garnish
- Combine the water and rosemary sprigs in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, then remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Strain out the rosemary sprigs. You should have about one cup of rosemary infusion left. Stir in the honey.
- Transfer to a jar, cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Rosemary Champagne Cocktail
- Put 1-2 tablespoons of the rosemary syrup into each glass (depends on how sweet you want it). Then add the orange juice and stir a bit to combine.
- Fill the glass with champagne (or sparkling water for a mocktail), tilting the glass as you pour to minimize foamy bubbles.
- Garnish with a rosemary sprig and an orange slice and enjoy. Cheers!
This rosemary champagne cocktail is simple to make and is absolutely delicious! It is definitely my new favorite drink. I love knowing that I’m getting some of the benefits of rosemary while I’m at it!
I have a few other festive wildcrafted cocktails for you to enjoy:
Or if you want something more summery try my yummy Elderflower Liqueur recipe!
Cheers to your health and happiness!