The Best Citrus Rosemary Cocktail You’ve Ever Had

My dinner club friends and I are having so much fun planning summer picnics! Today we are sharing our menu and recipes and I can’t wait to show you how I made the best citrus rosemary cocktail you’ve ever had!

If you missed our summer picnic ideas and tablescapes you can see mine here, then follow the post to the bottom and there are links to 4 other amazing picnic ideas.

my summer outdoor picnic tablescape

Outdoor picnic tablescape with white plates on a white table, white flowers in a vintage white vase, lemon print napkins, bamboo utensils and a vintage picnic basket

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If you are coming over from Simply 2 Moms, welcome! I am so glad you’re here! Didn’t Anne & AnnMarie’s Amazing No Bake Lemon Bars In a Jar look delicious??

this months menu

Citrus Rosemary Cocktail

Cucumber Sandwich with Cream Cheese

Rotisserie Chicken Salad served in a toasty croissant

The Best Creamy Broccoli Salad

Amazing No Bake Lemon Bars in a Jar

my inspiration for a summer cocktail

I was trying to decide what cocktail I wanted to make to go along with my summer picnic theme. Since I created a lemon themed picnic tablescape, I thought a lemon based cocktail would be perfect.

And lemons just scream summer, don’t they??

I just love growing herbs, and rosemary is one of my faves. The flavors of lemon and rosemary blend beautifully together, so I decided to create a citrus rosemary cocktail for my picnic.

I also use lemon and rosemary together in my dishwasher rinse aid. You can see how to make that here.

beautiful bottle of dishwasher rinse aid. Lemon slices and rosemary sprigs inside a glass jar with white vinegar.

the ingredients for a citrus rosemary cocktail

cannister of sugar, bowl of lemons, and sprigs of rosemary

Sugar, Water and Rosemary (for a simple syrup)



Topo Chico or Club Soda

Rosemary for garnish

Lemon slices for garnish

directions for recipe

First, you want to make a simple syrup.

Heat 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan until boiling. Stir until sugar has dissolved, then turn off heat.

Add 2-3 sprigs of rosemary and allow to steep until the mixture cools.

rosemary, water, and sugar in a saucepan to make a rosemary infused simple syrup

Remove rosemary sprigs from syrup mixture, pour into a glass jar and refrigerate. This will keep about a week.

Next, cut a lemon in half and squeeze juice into a small bowl or glass. And if you don’t have this lemon squeezer, you are missing out!!

Add 1 ounce of lemon juice, 1 ounce of chilled rosemary infused simple syrup and 1-2 ounces vodka to your beverage glass.

Tip – If you keep your vodka in the freezer, it will automatically help chill your cocktail beverages without needing to add ice to them

Top off with chilled club soda or Topo Chico and garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of rosemary.

pouring topo chico over other liquids in citrus rosemary cocktail

And just like that, you have the best citrus rosemary cocktail you’ve ever had!!

citrus rosemary cocktail in a champagne glass with a lemon wedge on side of glass and a rosemary spring

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If you make this cocktail, I would love to hear!


Next up, is Stacy from Bricks N Blooms with a delicious cucumber sandwich recipe. Please be sure and pop over and see the all of the other great recipes!

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champagne flute with citrus rosemary cocktail. Lemon wedge on the side of glass for garnish and a sprig of rosemary inside the glass

Citrus Rosemary Cocktail

This super easy cocktail is so light and refreshing. It's the perfect summer cocktail!
Course Drinks
Keyword citrus cocktail, cocktail, herb cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cost 5


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-2 ounces vodka
  • lemon wedge or slice (for garnish)
  • rosemary sprig (for garnish)


  • Make simple syrup. Heat 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar until boiling. Stirring until sugar is dissolved.
    Turn off heat and add rosemary sprigs.
    Steep until the mixture is cool.
    Remove rosemary stems, pour into glass jar and refrigerate.
    This mixture will keep about a week in the refrigerator.
  • Squeeze juice from a lemon.
  • Add 1 ounce lemon juice, 1 ounce chilled rosemary simple syrup and 1-2 ounces vodka to a beverage glass.
  • Top off with chilled club soda or Topo Chico.
  • Garnish with a lemon slice and a sprig of rosemary.


  1. Michele,
    I’m at the beach but wish I’d brought some of my rosemary with me! This sounds so good. I can’t wait to try it.

    1. Oh, you should definetly try it when you get home. It is so light and refreshing!

      1. Thanks Kim! It is so easy and refreshing!

  2. Your cocktail looks so delicious and refreshing, Michele. Perfect for a summer day. I look forward to trying it!

    1. Oh good! I think you will enjoy it!! I am looking forward to trying your broccoli salad recipe too.

  3. This sounds so good Michele! I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Thanks so much Stacy! It is so refreshing and easy to make!

  4. Wow! This sounds like the perfect summer cooler. Delicious!

    1. It is so delicious and refreshing!!

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