Monday, July 5, 2010

Raspberry Rosemary Cooler

raspberry rosemary cooler
This is my new favorite drink for sipping on a steamy afternoon with a gathering of friends. It's gorgeous, delicious and tastes like summer! I had something like it at a barbeque last month and tried to recreate it with only a memory of the two key ingredients... and it turned out even better than I had remembered! Raspberries ripened up at the end of the week just in time for our 4th of July cook-out... but have no fear if they're not growing near you, I'm pretty sure it would work with frozen berries, too.

Raspberry Rosemary Syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • a quart and a little more of fresh raspberries
  • 2 nice sprigs of fresh rosemary
Dissolve sugar (yes, this is a sweet treat!) in  water over a medium flame in a sauce pan. Add berries and rosemary and mash and stir... mash and stir. Let the mixture come to a rolling boil. When the berries begin to disintegrate turn heat down and continue to stir for another minute or two. Allow mixture to cool down a little so as not to scorch yourself (like I did!) and then run it through a food mill. A sieve or cheesecloth might work, as well. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. This makes enough syrup for 3 or 4 pitchers of the cooler below. If you have a crowd, you'll be amazed how quickly it disappears... it's a good one!

Raspberry Rosemary Cooler
  1. Into a pitcher, filled with ice cubes, pour a bottle of chilled seltzer and syrup to taste (a bright shade of pink means you're on the right track). 
  2. Mix. 
  3. Throw in a handful of berries. 
  4. Add a splash of vodka for adults.
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18 comments:

  1. maya, this looks delicious! I might try this with blueberries!

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  2. This does look delish and what a refreshing summertime drink!

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  3. YUM. This is definitely on my list! I would never have thought to pair raspberries with rosemary. I'm intrigued.

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  4. Mmm, looks so good! Thanks for visiting us and your comment on our Birthday party!

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  5. mmm! i can imagine that the smell is also delicious!!! and that syrup is probably magical on vanilla ice cream.

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  6. will have to try this, sounds good! I make a basil cilantro margarita as well.

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  7. Raspberries added to shopping list. I am so looking forward to trying this sounds so delicious and refreshing.

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  8. Thanks! I have a hill full of rosemary and frozen berries from last fall so I'll try this out soon. Never thought to use rosemary this way!

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  9. Oooh Maya, thank you! My neighbor has a bumper crop and I've run out of ideas. I'm going to try this right away.

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  10. That sounds SO REFRESHING (especially the "adult" version"!

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  11. Thanks so much for this recipe! I went right out yesterday and bought some seltzer water and frozen raspberries to make this! It was delicious! (I even gave a shout out over on my blog http://kirascraftylife.blogspot.com/2010/07/raspberry-rosemary-yummy.html)

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  12. Ooooo, that sounds delicious!!! Now, my black raspberry patch is just into full swing.....hmmm. I may just have to try a twist on this. :-)

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  13. Thank you so much for this recipe! we always grow way more rasberries than we know what to do with, so this is perfect!

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  14. Wow this sounds so delicious and looks so pretty. Thank you for sharing. Rosemary and berry are interesting combination. : )

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