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A clear cocktail glass with red liquid, a large ice cube, and a sprig of rosemary.

The Merry Mocktail


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: recipe is for a 4 cup batch of simple syrup / ratios for a single mocktail

Description

Everyone needs a good fancy fun mocktail in their life – especially during the holidays. Herby, zingy rosemary-infused simple syrup, sweet tart pomegranate juice, bubbly fizz, and fresh lime squeezes. Holiday magic!


Ingredients

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Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • (2) .5 oz packages fresh rosemary (basically, a nice big bunch of rosemary)
  • optional: 4-5 whole cloves

Merry Mocktail

  • 23 ounces rosemary simple syrup
  • 23 ounces pomegranate juice (cranberry juice is a good sub)
  • 23 ounces club soda with a squeeze of fresh lime (OR lime-flavored bubbly water)

Instructions

  1. Heat the water, sugar, rosemary, and cloves in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a low boil and let everything simmer for 5-10 minutes until the sugar has fully dissolved. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove the cloves and rogue rosemary leaves. Transfer to glass jars and store in the fridge for 2 weeks. (I often stick a sprig of rosemary in there so it keeps getting more intense.)
  2. Pour your desired ratios of rosemary syrup, pomegranate juice, and limey bubbly water over an ice ball into a glass. Stir gently, taste and adjust, and enjoy. 

Notes

Garnish with a rosemary sprig or some fresh cranberries if you want to be fancy!

The rosemary sprig in the simple syrup will drop its leaves – I usually just let them settle to the bottom and then pour slowly so I don’t get rosemary leaves in my drink. (A sprig is easy to drink around – but the single little needles / leaves tend to slip into your mouth more easily when you’re drinking which is not super pleasant.)

We LOVE these ice ball molds (affiliate link) and use them constantly, year-round.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: holiday mocktail, holiday cocktail, Christmas mocktail, Christmas drink, Christmas cocktail