Rosemary cocktail

A pomegranate and gin cocktail recipe that you’ll not be going to stop making.
In this lovely slow sipper, I am using freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, gin, and some rosemary tincture.
it has a popping red color and served in a tall coupe glass.

For this recipe it’s preferable that you’ll use fresh pomegranate and not a commercially bottled juice, it simply tastes better.
making the juice yourself isn’t that hard and frankly, it’s worth it.

How to make pomegranate juice

This task can easily be done with a pairing knife, a large bowl, a spoon, and a zip-lock bag.

The Rosemary Tincture

Tinctures make wonders in cocktails, they add another layer of flavor with just a few drops and they are super easy to make.

You can create your own rosemary tincture at home, all you need is:

  • An airtight mason jar.
  • High proof grain alcohol (151 proof minimum).
  • 1/2 cup of rosemary leaves without the stems (they add unnecessary bitterness).

A few important things to keep in mind.
first and above all, use high proof alcohol such as Everclear, we need high proof alcohol to extract all the flavor.
but you can use any high proof vodka or another tasteless spirit.

Second, get the freshest rosemary you can, from the garden will be best.
try avoiding those supermarket pre-packed herbs, they usually sit for a week or two before you buy them.

Fresh rosemary

Making the tincture

After we take care of having all the ingredients we can start making out tinctures.
start by rinsing and drying the leaves, insert them inside the mason jar.
next, fill the jar with your grain alcohol until the leaves are completely covered in liquid.
give it a little shake and place it in a dark and cool place, make sure there is no direct sunlight on the container.

Now it’s time to wait, the alcohol needs time to extract all the rosemary natural oils and aromas.
so how much time? you may ask, between 5-7 days.
In the first few days, the liquid will be green but after a while, it will get a brownish color, no worries it’s just the natural oxidation process and it will not damage the final taste.

After a week or so prepare a mesh strainer and some cheesecloth over a clean container.
Pour the jar content and let it strain, to extract the remaining flavors from the herbs squeeze the cheesecloth around the leaves until no liquid comes out anymore.

Finally, move the tincture to a dropper bottle, you can buy them in any pharmacy they cost about a dollar each.

Final notes and tips

There are some tricks with tinctures to add more layers of flavor.
for instance, to add a smokey flavor to it try adding mezcal about 60ml to a mason jar will suffice.
another way to add flavor and mellow the strong sting of the Everclear is by adding 60ml of aged rum.

This recipe can be applied to any herd or dry spice or even a combination of them. don’t limit yourself try new tincture flavors they are an awesome addition to a variety of cocktails.
I encourage you to experiment and let me know which flavors you came up with.

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Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A combination of Gin, pomegranate and rosemary


  • 45ml / 1.5oz - Beefeater gin
  • 45ml / 1.5oz - freshly squeezed pomegranate juice
  • 20ml / 0.70oz - lime juice
  • 15ml / 0.5oz - simple syrup
  • 3 drops of home made Rosemary tincture


  1. add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker
  2. fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously
  3. double strain into a chilled coupe glass
  4. add one crystal clear ice block and garnish with a rosemary stem or a dehydrated citrus

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