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Muddled Lemon and Rosemary Spritzer

  • Author: Misfits Market


  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest (zest of 1 lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (juice from 1 lemon)
  • Sprigs from 5 stems of rosemary (about 1/3 cup of sprigs)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • Lemon slices for garnish
  • Rosemary sprigs for garnish
  • Seltzer
  • Gin or vodka (optional)


  1. Put sugar and water into a small saucepan and heat gently—don’t boil—until sugar is dissolved. Take off the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. In a small, clean jar with a lid, add lemon juice, lemon zest, rosemary, and vinegar. Pound or muddle the contents gently with a muddler stick, pestle, or the handle of a stainless steel spoon to break everything down and to release the lemon and rosemary oils.
  3. Add simple syrup liquid. Stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, strain into a jar with a lid, which will keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.
  4. For a mocktail, add 3 tablespoons of syrup to a glass full of ice, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and top with seltzer.
  5. For a cocktail, in a cocktail shaker with ice, add 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, and 2 ounces of gin or vodka. Shake for 20 seconds or until chilled and combined. Add to a cup with ice and top with seltzer and optional garnish of a rosemary sprig and a slice of fresh lemon.


Other combinations that we like: 

  • Lemon + Rosemary + Simple Syrup + Seltzer
  • Lemon + Thyme + Simple Syrup + Seltzer
  • Grapefruit + Sage + Simple Syrup + Tonic
  • Blood Orange or Orange + Basil or Mint + Simple Syrup + Seltzer

The simple syrup is key and the only thing that is not interchangeable. It offsets the herbaceousness of the herbs and tart citrus.