Rosemary Greyhound Mocktail

I have been trying to write this one for quite some time now.  This was probably one of the most exciting experiments I’ve done in a while – and it has NO BOOZE!  

I was working on a fundraising project and asked to create, in addition to the cocktail samples, a mocktail (or two).  I have never been inspired to make mocktails, as they are typically just a simple and sweet mixture of juice and soda, with little room for mixing and changing.  But, as I set out on the task, I quickly realized that my assumptions were wrong. I found that the world of mocktail-ology is fairly large and there is work to be done here – this excites me!

Of the three delicious mocktails I made, I choose to start by sharing the Rosemary Greyhound because is a wonderful beverage to serve in the Spring (which couldn’t arrive soon enough this year). This mocktail is an adaption of the alcoholic beverage with the same name – see recipe HERE.  The mocktail recipe that served as my inspiration can be found HERE.

To create this beverage, you will need to start with making rosemary simple syrup – you can find the recipe right HERE on my blog.

Rosemary Greyhound Mocktail

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy-medium
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Credit: Natural Grocers

Ingredients

  • 1 oz rosemary simple syrup
  • 2 oz ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 4 oz lemon flavored seltzer

Directions

  1. Mix rosemary simple syrup and grapefruit juice together well. (Shake with ice in a shaker and strain or mix with a spoon in an old-fashioned glass.)
  2. Top with seltzer, stir once gently.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Garnish with fresh rosemary, if desired.

This is a wonderful – and EASY – mocktail to make and serve in batches.  See recipe below.

Rosemary Greyhound Pitcher Mocktail

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy-medium
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Credit: Natural Grocers & Forever39

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rosemary simple syrup
  • 2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1 liter lemon seltzer

Directions

  1. Stir together rosemary simple syrup and grapefruit juice in a pitcher until well mixed.
  2. When ready to serve, add lemon seltzer and stir gently once or twice.
  3. Serve with ice and garnish with fresh rosemary, if desired.

Now, say you are entertaining and want to offer both an non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage to your guests.  Well, I am happy to say that you can easily add a little vodka to make this a wonderful cocktail, without going to the trouble of making something completely different.

Rosemary Greyhound Mocktail w Vodka

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: Natural Grocer & Forever39

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Rosemary Greyhound Mocktail
  • 1 ½ oz vodka

Directions

  1. Put vodka into an old-fashioned glass.
  2. Add Rosemary Greyhound Mocktail and stir gently.
  3. Add ice and garnish with fresh rosemary, if desired.

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This is a lovely, light beverage – it is great for Spring brunches, celebrations, or even weekday dinner “just because”.  The rosemary simple syrup really takes this up a notch beyond simple soda and juice.  I LOVE that I can make this with or without liquor – because sometimes even I want to drink something a little more fancy without booze.  If you are concerned about the seltzer getting flat in storage after mixing, I suggest just keeping the juice and syrup mixed and refrigerated so that you can just add the seltzer per serving as needed.  (3 ounces of juice/syrup mixture + 4 ounces seltzer)  I also recommend making a batch or two of the rosemary simple syrup to keep refrigerated since there is so much you can do with it.  Cheers!

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