Food Fridays: Rosemary Clementine Sparkler Mocktail
Christmas may be over, but New Year’s Day is right around the corner! We’re wrapping up this month of mocktails with this Rosemary Clementine Sparkler, a perfect drink to ring in 2023!
If you’re looking to cut down on your alcohol intake or, if you have little ones joining the New Years’ festivities, a mocktail is a great drink option! Using in-season clementines for a citrus punch, and paired with a rosemary-juniper simple syrup, this winter-themed mocktail creates that classic “cocktail” flavour that’s often missing in mocktails.
Using fresh clementine juice helps cut down the sweetness of this drink – making it a healthier alternative to other juice-based drinks that rely heavily on added sugars. You can even adjust the amount of simple syrup to your liking!
If you’re looking to do dry January (or just reduce your alcohol intake), choosing a mocktail for New Year’s Day is a great place to start!
For the Rosemary Juniper Syrup:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 sprigs rosemary
- 1 tablespoon dried juniper berries
For One Rosemary Clementine Sparkler:
- 3 ounces freshly squeezed clementine juice from 3-4 clementines
- 1/2 ounces Rosemary Juniper Syrup – add a little less or more depending on your desired sweetness
- orange flavoured sparkling water unsweetened (La Croix)
- a few dashes of orange bitters
- extra rosemary sprigs and slices of clementine for garnish
To Make The Rosemary Juniper Syrup:
Add the sugar, water, rosemary sprigs and juniper berries to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, whisking until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to low and allow to steep for 20 minutes. Strain and store in a bottle in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
To Make One Clementine Rosemary Sparkler:
In a glass or cocktail shaker, add the clementine juice and juniper syrup. Stir or shake until combined.
Pour into a serving glass (can serve on the rocks or not). Top with sparkling water and add a few dashes of orange bitters. Gently stir to mix. Garnish with slices of clementine and rosemary sprigs.
Recipe from Fox and Briar.