Welcome to the Suburban Philadelphia Housewives blog! Its been several months in the making (and a few frustrating moments as I learned to imbed the Facebook "Like" button --so please like and share!) I've decided to celebrate with one of my favorite drinks tonight, and couldn't resist sharing the recipe in hopes that you will be tipping back a cocktail along with me!
The best thing about making drinks with herbs is that you can infuse the flavor of the herb of choice in some simple syrup. It really adds to the taste of the drink. Make any flavor you want by dissolving one cup of sugar in one cup of water. Most people do this on the stove top but I do it right in my 4 cup pyrex container and pop it in the microwave. Measuring and cooking in one easy step. Once the water boils and the sugar is completely dissolved add fresh herbs to the hot syrup. Let it sit until cool, usually at least 30 minutes. Taste and if the flavor is not strong enough you can reheat and let it sit again. In addition to rosemary, some herbs that make great simple syrup are basil, mint and thyme. You can also infuse with jalapeno peppers - add a little heat to your margaritas!
Once you have your simple syrup, juice up some blood oranges, grab your vodka and add to a shaker with ice. Shake like crazy and pour in martini glass. Garnish with any leftover herbs! I use this ratio but you could add more or less of any of these ingredients to taste:
3 oz. Blood Orange Juice
2 oz. Vodka (I like Pravda for juice based drinks)
1/2 oz. Rosemary simple syrup