I don’t think I’m alone in saying that the Summer of 2020 may go down in history as one of the weirdest ever. We cancelled our big family vacation at the beginning of the pandemic. And, shortly thereafter, I managed to convince my husband that we should just put that money into making our backyard a little paradise. Complete with a backyard bliss Rosemary Citrus Spritzer.
We started with putting up a huge privacy fence. We hired a local contractor off of a Facebook recommendation. Also, we immediately ordered raised garden beds. And then we set into motion a plan to build a deck, complete with a hot tub. If we were going to be home, I might as well make the most of it, right?
Speaking of enjoying it, this Rosemary Citrus Spritzer is the perfect nightcap to be enjoyed on our blissful deck. It’s super refreshing and equally delicious.
First, start with simple syrup.
You start making this Rosemary Citrus Spritzer by preparing your own simple syrup. Sure, you could always purchase simple syrup. But it’s SO easy to make it yourself — and way more delicious!
All you need to make simple syrup is one whole orange, one whole lemon, sugar, a sprig of rosemary, and a sauce pan.
Then, add the spirits — Prosecco, Vodka, and Limoncello
The other thing you need is prosecco. My favorite prosecco is Riondo Prosecco. It’s affordable and you don’t need to use the whole bottle (because it’s a screw cap!). So you can enjoy this one glass at a time — no pressure.
In addition to the perfect prosecco, you’ll need vodka and limoncello. My favorite vodka is a local company, Buckeye Vodka. But you can use any good vodka.
Check out the full recipe!
- Fresh Rosemary
- 2 Tablespoons of sugar
- Juice from one orange
- Juice from one lemon
- 1 teaspoon of orange zest
- 1 ounce of vodka
- 1 ounce of limoncello
- 1 ounce of coconut water
- 2 ounces of Riondo Prosecco
For the simple syrup:
- Add 1 sprig rosemary, sugar, orange and lemon juice, and orange zest to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer, stir, and cover for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and strain, let cool 5-10 min.
- Pour 1 ounce simple syrup into a glass with ice.
- Add all remaining ingredients. Stir & enjoy!
- Garnish with rosemary and an orange!
This is the perfect drink for your staycation, don’t you think?