Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Rosemary Metal Press Gin Fizz #recipe by Mia P. Manansala @MPMtheWriter

ARSENIC AND ADOBO was shortlisted for the 2021 CHIRBy Awards in Fiction, and even though I didn’t win (congrats to Julia Fine for THE UPSTAIRS HOUSE) I thought I'd share the cocktail recipe from the award show so you could all celebrate my nomination and the coming new year with me!

Gin and tonics were my go-to bar order in the before times, and even though I love Hendricks, it’s rather pricey so I’ve never kept it at home. This celebration was a great excuse to splurge on a bottle, but you can use any gin that you like.

Rosemary Metal Press Gin Fizz

Rosemary Metal Press Gin Fizz


  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP rosemary syrup (recipe below)
  • 3 oz club soda

Rosemary syrup ingredients:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary


Make Rosemary Simple Syrup: 

  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. 
  2. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. 
  3. Remove pan from the heat, add rosemary, and let steep for one hour. 
  4. Discard the rosemary sprig.
Make the cocktail:

  1. Pour gin, lemon juice, and rosemary simple syrup in a cocktail shaker/blender cup/jar with lid and add a handful of ice. 
  2. Cover and shake vigorously until cold and well-combined. 
  3. Pour into a glass then add the club soda. 
  4. Add additional ice and garnish with lemon slice and rosemary sprig, if you’d like.
  5. Enjoy!

Cast of characters: gin, club soda, fresh rosemary, wedge of lemon

Boil sugar and water until sugar dissolves, then turn off the heat and add rosemary sprig(s). Let steep for an hour. Discard rosemary sprigs.

Pour gin, lemon juice, and rosemary syrup into a shaker cup and add a handful of ice.
Shake vigorously till drink is cold and well-mixed.
Pour drink into a cocktail glass.

Add club soda, and more ice, if desired. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and lemon slice, if you'd like.

For those of you that imbibe, do you have a go-to drink order? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. congratulations Mia! A wonderful honor! I'll drink to that...

  2. A G&T is a safe bet when ordering out. It's refreshing even if they use mediocre gin and tonic.
    A sidecar is great, but, again, hard to get at a bar. They don't want to use real lemon or lime juice at bars and rely on "sour mix".
    What is the dominant flavor of Hendrix that makes it your favorite? It's amazing how many different gins there are now and how different their tastes are.

    1. For me, there's a freshness and smoothness to Hendricks that I enjoy. Possibly some cucumber notes? I don't know much about gin (or most alcohols) but I remember the first time I really appreciated a G&T was when someone made it with Hendricks. That's when it became my go-to.

  3. Happy New Year, Mia, and congratulations on the wonderful shortlisting honor! Marc and I are lately Roku (and longtime Bombay Sapphire) fans, but we're always up for trying new takes, esp. with creative botanicals.

    Libby, the Hendricks is a Scottish gin with notes of cucumber and rose and many other infused botanicals (Mia can correct me if I'm wrong) and it sounds lovely, esp. with the flavors in Mia's recipe.

    1. Ah, so that is cucumber I taste! I knew there was a freshness to it that I enjoyed, but couldn't quite pinpoint. I'll make sure to try your recs as well. And thanks!

  4. Congrats on your nomination and thanks for this delicious recipe!