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Rosemary Blood Orange Gin Cocktail


Kinda wish I had a sexier name for this one, but hey! There’s truth in advertising, right? I mean, it has rosemary, blood orange and gin, what more do you want, people???

So, it’s Friday, and that means we should celebrate surviving another work week with a delicious cocktail.

rosemary blood orange gin cocktail

I’m pretty obsessed with this Legend Distilling Smoked Rosemary Gin. I was before, but I’m even more so now that I actually visited their distillery a couple weeks back while I was in Naramata.

It’s a very cozy space… I look forward to going back in the summer when the patio is open and having some brunch.

Several bottles of spirits (not just the Black Moon Gin) may have followed us home… watch this space for more recipes once I’ve had a chance to experiment a little more.

legend distilling blasted brew

All right! Let’s get on to the business at hand!

This recipe is inspired by one I recently saw on The Rhubarbarians. I made a few modifications, including thinly-slicing and dehydrating my blood oranges for garnish like they do at Juniper.


rosemary blood orange cocktail

Rosemary Blood Orange Gin Cocktail


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3-4 dashes angostura bitters
  • 5-6 fresh rosemary leaves, plus additional sprigs for garnish
  • 1 blood orange, plus additional slices for garnish
  • 1.5 oz gin (I used Legend Distilling Black Moon Gin)
  • sparkling water or tonic
  • ice


  1. Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a glass, and add the bitters to it. Using a muddler, mush the sugar up. Add the rosemary leaves and continue to muddle.
  2. Juice the blood orange, taking care to strain out the pips. Add it to the drink and stir.
  3. Add the gin and stir.
  4. Add ice, stir, then top up with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of blood orange.







Rose Merry Tea-Ni [Holiday Cocktail]

Well, kids, it’s one month to Christmas. As usual, I am woefully unprepared.

I promised my offspring in… oh, July? that this year for Chirstmas, he’s be getting the new NES Classic game system. You see, even though he’s 13, he’s really into stuff I was into at 13, like Mario Brothers. The problem is; these game systems are really popular since they came out earlier this month, and finding one has been impossible.

What’s a girl to do? Drink.


My friend Chantal is a rep for a great local artisan distillery out of Naramata called Legend Distilling. They do some really interesting and different spirits, like a spiked coffee, vodkas infused with sour cherry or other berries, and gin. This gin caught my eye, because it’s nothing I’ve ever seen before: it’s infused with smoked rosemary.

Now, to me, smoked rosemary gin just hollers to be part of a holiday cocktail. Something a little floral, something a little earthy…

Whenever I go to visit Chantal in Victoria, one of my must-stops is always the Silk Road Tea company on the edge of Chinatown. I love it there. They have teas, essential oils, kitchy kitcheny stuff, and natural skin care, and, happily, they just opened up a store on W 4th, so I no longer have to take a ferry to get there.

One of my favorite teas of theirs is Sour Cherry. It’s a green tea that smells like spring when the cherry blossoms are out. For some reason, I thought these two things, the gin and the tea, would make a nice holiday cocktail, and it turns out, I was right.

The floral perfume of the cherry green tea goes really nicely with the juniper notes in the gin. The rosemary adds a warmth, and makes the whole thing smell like Christmas.

By the way, the name I have to credit to my pal Fred Armstrong. I did a live FB video the other day, making the cocktail, and asked my friends for name suggestions. There were some great ones.

Here’s a lovely cocktail to serve at your Christmas party or your open house this year. And cross your fingers Santa can get his hands on one of those game systems…


Rose Merry-Tea-Ni [Holiday Cocktail]



  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, place the water and the sugar. Using a vegetable peeler, take strips of rind off of the limes, and add them to the water and sugar. Allow the whole thing to come to a boil and simmer for a few minutes, until the sugar is entirely dissolved. Remove from heat. Cut the two limes in half and juice them into the sugar syrup, stir well, and then strain out the lime peels. Ideally compete this step earlier so the syrup has a chance to cool completely.
  2. To make the martini: fill a cocktail shaker with about 6-8 ice cubes. Pour in 1 ½ oz Black Moon Smoked Rosemary Gin, then the tea, then add 3/4 oz of the sweet-sour syrup. Shake well for about 30 seconds, until the outside of the martini shaker is very cold.
  3. Pour the drink into a cocktail glass. You can strain out some of the ice if you like, but I like to keep a little in there. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a couple frozen cranberries and serve immediately.