Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Falling For Bourbon

I know the title of this post is a bit cheesy but who isn't excited to start mixing up some fall cocktails with a great bourbon?  This recipe in particular was made with an outdoor fall brunch in mind.  You know, the kind where you are wearing the perfect sweater and scarf slowly sipping on a delightful cocktail to warm your belly while the beautiful autumn leaves fall from the trees.  OK we know that only happens in the movies or in the perfect world of Pinterest.  However, I do think that this herb infused cocktail should make it's way to your brunch table, Halloween parties, join you for a hayride and then bring the whole family together at Thanksgiving.  Cheers!

Orange Rosemary Bourbon Cocktail

2 ounces bourbon (I use Bulleit Bourbon)
2 ounces rosemary infused orange juice (see recipe below)
Soda water
Fresh rosemary sprig for garnish

Rosemary Infused Orange Juice

3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice (store bought OJ works too)
3 fresh rosemary sprigs

Place the rosemary sprigs into a clean air tight jar.  Pour the juice over the rosemary.  Store in the refrigerator and allow to infuse for about 2-3 days.  Remove the rosemary from the jar and discard.  The infused juice will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Assembling the cocktail:

Fill a rocks glass with ice.  Pour the bourbon and rosemary infused orange juice over the ice.  Top off with the soda water and garnish with the rosemary sprig.  Makes 1 serving.