Lemon and Rosemary Gin Fizz For All Your Election Day Sorrow-Drowning

This Lemon and Rosemary Gin Fizz is so beautiful, I can’t even. If you are holding a voter registration card with valid ID, come get your drink on for Election Day. It’s a tradition!

If you voted in October, have a drink. If you waited in line and got your vote on earlier today, please -- have a drink. Are you watching the votes being tabulated on one of several electronic devices? You need a drink. In the US, this is how we do. We place our bets at the polls and we combine the best part of a celebration and wake into one delicious bev. Drink if you vote, and vote because you care.

We are having gin because this is what journalists smell like, and boy are they going to say things tomorrow. Lemon is for helping us to pucker up and kiss rears, the political kind, ones we never wanted to see without underwear. Sweeten it up with some raw sugar syrup, fragrant rosemary (rosemary is good for your mind), and fizzy seltzer water. Served on crushed ice (OMG the climate), and we got us a real and for true drank. Best part? You can have more than two of these and still go to work tomorrow.


2 c. water

2 c. raw sugar

2 big sprigs of fresh rosemary

3-4 thick lemon peels

Shake of salt

In a saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Stir to make sure all of the sugar and salt dissolves. Boil for 2-3 minutes and remove from heat. Add the lemon peel and rosemary, and let this sit for 15 minutes. Strain into a large glass cup or dish and set aside.

5 lemons, juiced

1 lemon sliced

4. oz. sugar syrup (more to taste)

8 oz. gin

Seltzer water

Crushed ice

Rosemary sprigs and lemon slices for garnish

In an adult-sized martini shaker, combine the juice, syrup and gin. Shake it about fifty times, hard. When the citrus bounces off gin it gets fizzy, and this is exactly what we want. Add ice to a tall glass, pour in some seltzer, add the sweet fizz, and garnish. Serve.

Don’t you have a drinking game to attend? Better hurry. Enjoy!


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