Three coupe glasses with silver rims filled with a straight up rosemary vodka gimlet garnished with rosemary sprigs.
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Rosemary Vodka Gimlet

This rosemary vodka gimlet is a lovely combination of sweet and sour with an earthy essence and wonderful herbal aroma. It truly smells divine. I prefer vodka in this cocktail because I think the juniper berries in gin would overwhelmingly compete with the delicate rosemary notes, but feel free to experiment!
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Infusion Time 2 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 126kcal
Author Danielle Esposti



Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 2 sprigs rosemary lightly crushed

Rosemary Gimlet

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz rosemary simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ice as needed
  • soda water optional
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig for garnish


  • Make the rosemary simple syrup. Combine the sugar and water in a small pot over high heat, whisking constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved and the syrup turns clear. Continue to heat until the syrup comes to a boil, then remove from heat. Gently crush the rosemary sprigs between your fingers, then to the simple syrup and stir. Steep at room temperature at least 2 hours, and up to four. Makes approximately 1/2 cup simple syrup; leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to a month.
  • To serve straight up: combine the vodka, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Stir until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker. Cover the shaker and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig. 
  • To serve on the rocks: combine the vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Stir until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker. Fill a rocks glass with ice, then pour the cocktail over the ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.
  • To make a large batch (serves about 10):  make a double batch of simple syrup. Combine 2.5 cups vodka, 1 cup simple syrup, and 5 ounces lime juice in a pitcher. Chill at least 4 hours, or until throughly chilled. Place the pitcher into a larger container, then fill container with ice (like a bucket). Set out coupe glasses and fresh rosemary sprigs and allow guests to self-serve cocktails into the glasses, or pour over ice topped with soda water. 


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 0% | Vitamin C: 6.6% | Calcium: 0% | Iron: 0%