Bar accessories are addictive. Why doesn’t anyone warn you about that? When I started getting tattooed, everyone explained that I would want tons of them (they were right). So it turns out the same advice applies to bar glasses, cocktail shakers, and frankly…booze. Anyone that has ever looked up a drink recipe knows that some of them call for a lot of random liquors and bitters and infusions and…whatever else you put into drinks. That stuff accumulates (in the most delicious way!).
So I got these glasses. I’d been looking for the perfect bar glasses with gold accents and had gone through several imperfect iterations. These came from TJ Maxx and completed my life in a way I didn’t know bar glasses could! They sat on my bookshelf for a few weeks until Thanksgiving rolled around. I needed a little something to to sip while baking gluten free crescent rolls (which failed spectacularly due to sad expired yeast!) so just whipped up a drink with what I had. Which, because of all the drink recipes, turned out to be kind of a great variety of things.
One note: The simple syrup I used came from making these candied clementines from Saveur. I didn’t have enough clementines and ended up with extra two mason jars of syrup. It’s SPECTACULAR in drinks or drizzled on cake. YUM. So if you don’t decide to make those, although I hope you do, just use plain simple syrup and a very small dash of vanilla extract and some orange extract or juice.
I love drinks that aren’t too sweet, and this is a great one. Grapefruit with notes of vanilla and clementines, laced with fresh rosemary and a few bubbles made this a great little cocktail for the holidays. Also, the next time I have a yard sale, people are going to wonder what in the world is going on in my house and why I have 10 sets of cocktail glasses.
1 part Hendrick’s Gin
2 parts pink grapefruit juice
simple syrup to taste*
1 sprig fresh rosemary
Splash of tonic or club soda
Put the gin, juice, and simple syrup over ice and shake to chill. Strain into a glass and top with a splash of your choice of sparkler and the rosemary.