One change I’ve had to make since being pregnant is giving up beloved cocktails, which I don’t mind one bit. I haven’t missed them or craved them, or any of that. But it’s a given that cocktails – like mimosas – will be present at a brunch. Especially a girl’s brunch get together, which one of my besties had planned for us recently. So, when cocktails aren’t an option, it’s time to break out the mocktails! And let me tell you, they are every bit as good as a regular cocktail. Especially when they are made with rosemary simple syrup.
And of course, a perfect addition to the beverage selection for #BrunchWeek! A big thanks to Dixie Crystals for the amazing #sponsor gift of so. much. sugar! It was perfect for the rosemary simple syrup. Along with fresh rosemary from our herb garden. And who doesn’t love grapefruit??
Tart grapefruit juice mixed with rosemary simple syrup and sparking water…the perfect non-alcoholic option for your next brunch get together!!
Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktails
As seen on The Casual Craftlete
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
- 3 sprigs of rosemary
- 2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice
- 1/2 cup of the rosemary simple syrup
- 4 cups sparkling water
- extra rosemary sprigs and grapefruit slices for garnish, if desired
- Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan, over medium heat. Stir and dissolve sugar, but do not boil.
- Once sugar has dissolved, pour the mixture into a heat safe container (I used a small mason jar) and add the rosemary sprigs. Leave rosemary in for at least an hour, then remove and discard. You can store the simple syrup in the fridge for up to ten days.
- In a large pitcher, combine the grapefruit juice, 1/2 cup of the rosemary simple syrup, and the sparkling water. Stir to mix well, taste, and add more simple syrup, if desired.
- Divide into glasses and garnish with rosemary and/or grapefruit slices, if desired!