The Choke Hold

A springy cocktail recipe courtesy of Blue Island Oyster Bar in Cherry Creek.

Rosemary is an excellent plant to keep around the house. Unlike most herbs, if rosemary is placed in a well-drained, sunny spot, it can grow for years to come. It also comes in handy when mixing up a cocktail. Here’s a rosemary gin drink from Blue Island Oyster Bar (where our favorite happy hour patio is located) for those days you can’t make it into their nautical restaurant.

The Goods

+ 1  oz Gin

+ ½  oz Lime Juice

+ ½ oz Grapefruit Juice

+ ½  oz Simple Syrup

+ ½ oz Cynar Liquor

+ 1 spray Saline

+ Rosemary Sprig Garnish (heated with lighter)

The How

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and give it a twirl.

Shaken not stirred.

Pour in a highball glass and garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig. Take a match and light the tip of the spring for a smoke effect.