Rosemary Peach Maple Leaf Cocktail
This whiskey cocktail is packed full of flavor!
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 strong drink.
- 1/4 of a peach, chopped, plus a few slices for garnish
- 1 1/2 tablespoons rosemary maple simple syrup (below)
- 1 tablespoon strained lemon juice
- 1/4 cup rye whiskey (preferably Redemption Rye)
- tiny pinch smoked sea salt
- rosemary sprig for garnish
- sparkling water or club soda, optional
Rosemary Maple Simple Syrup (makes about 1 cup, enough for 10 drinks)
- 3/4 cup lightly packed rosemary leaves (from about 10 sprigs), roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup maple syrup, (5 3/4 ounces by weight)
- 1/2 cup water
Muddle together the chopped peach, rosemary maple simple syrup, lemon juice, rye, and salt in a measuring cup or glass. Strain the mixture into a tumbler filled with ice, pressing on the fruit pulp to get out all the good stuff. Garnish with the peach slices and rosemary sprig. If you like your drink a little lighter, top it with a splash of sparkling water or club soda.
Rosemary Maple Simple Syrup
Combine the rosemary, maple syrup, and water together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then cover and steep for at least 15 - 30 minutes. Strain the mixture though a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the rosemary to extract all the liquid. Discard the rosemary. Chill the syrup until cold, 1 hour (or mix your drinks right away if you just can't wait). The syrup will keep, refrigerated, for at least several weeks.
I like using grade B maple syrup here for its deeper maple flavor.
I highly recommend smoky Redemption Rye, which is aged in charred oak barrels and lends a deep earthiness to this drink that complements the sweet maple and bright peach. Bulleit Rye is my second choice.
Try this with ripe pears when peaches are out of season.
I like my maple leaf served on the rocks, but you can shake it with ice and strain it into a chilled glass if you prefer. Add a splash of sparkling water if you want it to be more refreshing on a warm day.
Nutritional values are based on one drink.
Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Iron: 1.1mg