Citrus Rosemary Afternoon

The Citrus Rosemary Afternoon is a yellow cocktail in a martini glass, garnished with a lemon slice.

In the middle of a family visit, Elizabeth and I happened to have a free afternoon. We settled on the front porch with this delicious, summery cocktail.

We chose Limoncello because it felt like summer and Elizabeth added to it from there. She added some vodka (a gift to the Pub!) and lemon juice, her favorite. She mentioned that it was strong, and thought I’d appreciate a little sweetener. We still had some extra rosemary simple syrup, which she added a bit of. (Great addition, babe – it really gave the cocktail some depth!)

The drink turned out to be a total delight – sophisticated, Italian, pretty. It was very lemony, and fairly sour. Very lemon-forward, but at the end, the rosemary flavor really made an appearance.

We’ve been listening to a lot of Rosemary Clooney these last few months. Every time we made a drink, we thought we might name it after her somehow, but none of them were good enough. This cocktail was finally Rosemary-worthy.

Elizabeth said, “I’d rather have this than an Aperol Spritz anyday.”

I would rather have this drink on the porch with you than any Aperol Spritz I ever had.


  • Limoncello, 2 parts

  • Vodka, 1 part

  • Fresh lemon juice, 1/2 part

  • Rosemary Simple Syrup, 1 Tbsp

  • Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • 1 c. water

  • 1 c. (or a bit less) sugar (mixed with monkfruit, if you like)

  • 20 or so leaves of rosemary


  • Add limoncello, vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup to shaker with ice. Shake until satisfied.
  • Pour into chilled martini glasses, garnish with lemon slice and take to the front porch for a decadent treat.
  • Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • Boil water, sugar and rosemary leaves for about 2 minutes.
  • If you’re using monkfruit, keep the proportion of monkfruit less than half of the sugar, or it’ll crystallize right away.
  • Make sure to remove the rosemary “needles” or leaves from the twigs, as those leave a bitter flavor in the simple syrup.
  • Let steep while it cools; extra can be kept in the fridge for future cocktails!
Savored on July 25, 2021

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