I don't know about y'all but these 98 degree, feels-like-109 days where you walk outside and can barely breathe have me reaching for summery, light and refreshing cocktails rather than my usual glass of red. Anyone else? I love summer but I have to say I'm looking forward to slightly cooler temps these days. At least the heat has brought a few storms this week and with them, much needed rain. The wave of rain has given our garden a huge boost, and you look outside and everything is a gorgeously lush green again instead of brittle and brown.
I love growing herbs on our deck so we have quick access to them while cooking, and one of my favorites is rosemary. This year we have five rosemary plants and you can bet that SO many people will be getting rosemary infused gifts as long as I have plenty of it. My little sister recently bought a house and of course I went all out with a big housewarming gift basket. I had been making tons of rosemary and grapefruit cocktails and knew she'd love them too. I had a light bulb moment at some point to make her some homemade rosemary simple syrup like I had made myself, but then I was determined to make it extremely beautiful as well.
Rosemary simple syrup
I'm a huge advocate for beautiful branding and packaging, and the same applies to personal gifts. I want anyone receiving a gift from me to feel the time I put into it, not to impress them, but to be sure they know I care and really put some thought into it. A good gift should incite warm and fuzzies, emotions, or just the feeling of excitement. This is such an affordable, simple little gift but put into the right packaging will look like a million bucks.
To be honest, I thought of this as a gift idea the day before I needed to give it, so I didn't have the option to order labels and print, so I just had to print on my at-home printer, cut it out and tape it to some card stock (just print directly on the card stock if you have it and your printer can handle it!), punched a hole and threw some twine around the bottle. I added a fresh sprig of rosemary because one, remember I have plenty, and two, it elevates this pretty little bottle tremendously.
Now go find a cocktail to use it in! I like to include a drinks recipe card when I gift simple syrups and infusions, so they already have an idea on how to use it. One of my favorites is a rosemary and grapefruit gimlet, recipe post coming soon!