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A sprig of rosemary is an easy way to add sophistication and flavor to a winter cocktail. Its fresh fragrance and piney undertones are downright delightful during these chilly months. So when I came across this rosemary-based Tyrolean Spritz over at The Year in Food, I was instantly smitten. The sparkling cocktail also features orange bitters and juicy orange wedges, making it the perfect blend of herbs and citrus. It would make a killer signature drink option for a winter wedding in the mountains or a festive holiday party. Check out more food and drink recipes at The Year in Food, and see more delicious signature cocktail recipes here. Cheers!
The Tyrolean Spritz (serves 1)
5 ounces sparkling wine
1 ounce sparkling water
1 ounce Ramazzotti amaro
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup (instructions below)
3 dashes Regan’s No. 6 orange bitters
Rosemary sprig for garnish
Orange wedge for garnish
To make the rosemary simple syrup: Bring one cup water and one cup sugar to a low simmer. Once simmering, add 4 sprigs rosemary. Continue to simmer for a half hour. You can strain, or leave the rosemary in the syrup overnight for a stronger flavor. Strain before use.
Directions: Combine the sparkling wine, sparkling water, amaro, orange juice, simple syrup and bitters and stir gently. Pour into a large wine glass or highball filled about halfway with ice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and an orange wedge. Serve immediately.