Homemade rosemary simple syrup adds a fresh twist to this spiked apple cider.
Sparkling Whiskey Rosemary Cider
- 1.5 ounces rye whiskey
- 1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- Sparkling water
- Apple cider
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
- Apple slice for garnish
- Make the rosemary simple syrup: Add sugar and water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and add rosemary. Cool and strain, pouring the simple syrup into a container for storage. Keep refrigerated until using (make sure container is sealed tightly).
- For the cocktail: In a cocktail glass, stir together whiskey, simple syrup and lemon juice. Add ice. Top with apple cider, a splash of sparkling water and a dash of bitters. Garnish with fresh rosemary and an apple slice.