Cocktail Friday: Rosemary & Mint Martini

by Tokyo Terrace on September 11, 2009

The weather has been beautiful the last two days in Tokyo. Yesterday, I was able to turn off our air conditioner and open all the windows, letting a fresh, cool breeze invigorate the apartment. The smell and feel of the air was that of an ending summer. It was also the beginning of my favorite season: fall.

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Unlike many people I know, I want to get through summer quickly just to get to autumn. If I could find a place that had autumn for most of the year, I would live there in a heart beat. The funny thing is that the weather in Tokyo is similar to a Minnesota fall for much of the year, which I love. The only thing I miss more than anything is the ability to look out my window to see bright oranges, yellows and reds from the ubiquitous maple trees that line the Mississippi River in St. Paul. In Japan, I am blessed to be living in an apartment that sits overlooking the Tamagawa River. No maple trees, but at least there is open space and water.

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There are many flavors and scents that I love during the fall season. Rosemary, to me, is one of those herbs that says, in a comforting way, that cooler, cozier weather has arrived. With it’s robust flavor and scent, thoughts of slow-cooked food enter my mind. This hearty herb can also be made to taste a little lighter and more citrusy, which is equally as delicious.

That’s why for this Cocktail Friday, with the presence of fall creeping nearer and nearer, I thought it would be appropriate to incorporate rosemary into a drink. Infusing rosemary leaves into a simple syrup with a little mint, combined with the woodsy smell of pine from the gin, and a little citrus from some lemon juice, this martini combines the last days of summer with the refreshing start of fall.

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Rosemary and Mint Martini

Makes 2 Martinis

1/4 cup simple syrup (recipe follows)

6 oz. gin

splash of Vermouth

ice

2 sprigs of rosemary, for garnish

Combine the syrup, gin, vermouth, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until you can’t shake anymore! Pour equally into two martini glasses. Garnish with the rosemary sprigs.

Rosemary-Mint Simple Syrup

Makes 1/4 cup

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon each mint and rosemary leaves, chopped

Combine the sugar, water and chopped herbs in a small, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir over the heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture begins to form a syrup like texture. Pour into a small glass dish and allow to cool.

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  • Jan

    Your cocktail looks beautiful.
    The days are getting shorter very quickly, which means the leaves here in White Bear Lake are starting to turn. As I drove to work this morning, the sun was bouncing from the tree “tip-tops” where the color is most apparent. Wish you were here. We’d stop at Cobblestone for a light breakfast, then stroll through the farmer’s market and pick up a few veggies and maybe some of those new Sweetango apples. A walk along Lake Avenue would be nice… while crunching one of those apples.

  • Jan

    Your cocktail looks beautiful.
    The days are getting shorter very quickly, which means the leaves here in White Bear Lake are starting to turn. As I drove to work this morning, the sun was bouncing from the tree “tip-tops” where the color is most apparent. Wish you were here. We’d stop at Cobblestone for a light breakfast, then stroll through the farmer’s market and pick up a few veggies and maybe some of those new Sweetango apples. A walk along Lake Avenue would be nice… while crunching one of those apples.

  • divinape

    What a classy and elegant martini. I’m sure you need that during the colder months of the year. Great pictures too.

  • divinape

    What a classy and elegant martini. I’m sure you need that during the colder months of the year. Great pictures too.

  • tokyoterrace

    Jan (aka Mom): You’ve successfully made me homesick. I guess that’s what mom’s do, right?

  • tokyoterrace

    Jan (aka Mom): You’ve successfully made me homesick. I guess that’s what mom’s do, right?

  • tokyoterrace

    divinape: Thanks for the comment! Yes, this is a great cocktail for cooler weather. I guess you don’t see much of that in the Philipines though…

  • tokyoterrace

    divinape: Thanks for the comment! Yes, this is a great cocktail for cooler weather. I guess you don’t see much of that in the Philipines though…

  • http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com/ Scott

    This time zone difference is killing me! Here it is, 11:27am in Boston, and I’m reading for a cocktail – I haven’t even eaten lunch yet! Happy Weekend!

  • http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com Scott

    This time zone difference is killing me! Here it is, 11:27am in Boston, and I’m reading for a cocktail – I haven’t even eaten lunch yet! Happy Weekend!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    ooo, lovely! Your photos are always so dreamy and lovely, like you’re having the drink in a high-rise tower luxury cocktail lounge, overlooking the city. Have you tried infusing pear with your rosemary simple syrup? I love pear and rosemary flavors, and with the mint, it would be the Three Amigos of deliciousness.

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    ooo, lovely! Your photos are always so dreamy and lovely, like you’re having the drink in a high-rise tower luxury cocktail lounge, overlooking the city. Have you tried infusing pear with your rosemary simple syrup? I love pear and rosemary flavors, and with the mint, it would be the Three Amigos of deliciousness.

  • Jan

    Sorry O:)

  • Jan

    Sorry O:)

  • tokyoterrace

    Scott: Well, as soon as it is a more reasonable time to give this cocktail a try, I say go for it! It would be tasty with the pizza you just made (saw on twitter- sounds awesome!)

  • tokyoterrace

    Scott: Well, as soon as it is a more reasonable time to give this cocktail a try, I say go for it! It would be tasty with the pizza you just made (saw on twitter- sounds awesome!)

  • tokyoterrace

    Wasabi Prime: Wow- such nice words about my photos. That makes me feel so great that you enjoy the photos, especially with the great quality of your own pics! That is a great idea to add the pear with the rosemary simple syrup….yum yum. I thought about doing that with peach too. So many variations! I love the name “Three Amigos of Deliciousness”!! Deliciousness is one of my favorite words….seriously. Ask my hubs!

  • tokyoterrace

    Wasabi Prime: Wow- such nice words about my photos. That makes me feel so great that you enjoy the photos, especially with the great quality of your own pics! That is a great idea to add the pear with the rosemary simple syrup….yum yum. I thought about doing that with peach too. So many variations! I love the name “Three Amigos of Deliciousness”!! Deliciousness is one of my favorite words….seriously. Ask my hubs!

  • thewhitesintokyo

    For the record…

    Rachael did a total above-the-head double-arm-pump when you used her favorite go-to word: deliciousness.

  • thewhitesintokyo

    For the record…

    Rachael did a total above-the-head double-arm-pump when you used her favorite go-to word: deliciousness.

  • http://maplencornbread.blogspot.com/ Jen @ MaplenCornbread

    This is so unique for a martini but something I know I would love!!

  • http://maplencornbread.blogspot.com/ Jen @ MaplenCornbread

    This is so unique for a martini but something I know I would love!!

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