Though anyone who knows me knows I'm a gin girl at heart, this vodka cocktail definitely piqued my interest. Maybe it was because of the grapefruit juice (I always love how it adds a fresh, floral aroma to cocktails) or the rosemary maple syrup (I've got a ton of rosemary growing in my garden, and maple just screams fall), or the fact that it's built in the glass (no shaker required--perfect for when I'm thirsty but lazy.) At any rate, this cocktail just works--especially at this time of year, when the days are warm, sunny and pleasant, but the chilly evenings remind you that summer is but a memory...
Ketel One Daylight
Recipe courtesy of Ketel One
1 1/2 ounces Ketel One Vodka
1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
1 ounce fresh orange juice
1/2 ounce rosemary maple simple syrup (see note)
Rosemary sprig and cracked pepper, for garnish
Build the drink in a wine glass over ice. Stir for 10 seconds. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and a little cracked pepper.
For the rosemary maple simple syrup: Bring 8 ounces maple syrup and 2 ounces water to a boil. Add the 5 rosemary sprigs, remove the mixture from the heat, steep until cooled and desired flavor is achieved, and strain out solids. Store in the refrigerator.