Orange Rosemary Spritz

by Maggie Battista on February 6, 2013

in All Recipes, Drinks, Featured, Fruit

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The citrus has been simply stunning at the markets recently – bulging, ripe and so bright that I’d like to line my walls and windows with every last kumquat to block out the grey skies and cold temperatures. I’ve been squeezing and juicing them into all sorts of libations and slicing them into salads, desserts and my morning yogurt. I’ve been working traditional oranges, grapefruit and blood oranges into my birthday cocktails all week in New York City.

I worked on this Orange Rosemary Spritz cocktail with my partner in many fun collaborations, Heidi Murphy of White Loft Studio, for our monthly cocktail column over at Snippet & Ink. We didn’t need piles of fresh citrus for this drink, a simple slice would do, to brighten up a can of orange flavored Italian soda.

Sweet and herbal mesh well in this fizzy, refreshing drink. The rosemary aroma lingers all around and the sugared rim balances the citrus and bitter tinge of the Italian aperitif, Aperol. The color will brighten any winter day. When stocking up on supplies for the next winter storm, don’t forget a handful of rosemary.

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Orange Rosemary Spritz
Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Aranciata Pellegrino
  • 1 oz Lillet
  • 1 tablespoon Aperol
  • 1 oz Prosecco
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • 1 slice orange

Directions:

  1. Strip leaves from one rosemary sprig. Chop leaves very finely and toss well with sugar in a small flat dish.
  2. Rub a bit of orange on the rim of a small cocktail glass and dip in the rosemary sugar mixture until the rim is dotted with sugar and rosemary. Add Pellegrino, Lillet, Aperol and ice to the glass. Top with Prosecco.
  3. Garnish with remaining sprig of rosemary and, if you’d like, a slice of orange.

Photos styled and taken by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio

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Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.


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  • http://dequelleplaneteestu.com/ Meg

    This seriously looks too good for words.

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Thanks Meg! We love a sweet drink with a touch of bitter (just a touch) :)

  • http://hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com/ Eileen

    This drink sounds just delightful. I don’t think I’ve ever tried Aperol–very interesting!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Aperol is wonderful – but I like it to add complexity in small doses! xox Thanks for posting.

  • Martha Hopkins

    I may have to demo this in my aphrodisiac class this week! So beautiful! And I love Lillet.

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      I miss you already, Martha! And I love Lillet too – we need a cocktail book all about LILLET drinks ;-)

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