Little Miss Sunshine: Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz for #CocktailDay

Welcome to Cocktail Day, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic, Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake, and Donna of Cookistry! We’re raising our glasses to toast you all with some unique and delicious cocktails and mocktails in anticipation of the Big Game and Valentine’s Day.

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz
You’d never guess it, considering how few cocktails I post on this here blog, but I’m actually a big cocktail nerd. Our booze cabinet overfloweth with all sorts of cocktail makings, from obscure amaros to fruity liqueurs to small-batch American whiskeys and beyond, plus more kinds of bitters than you can shake at.

So obviously, there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to participate in Cocktail Day when the topic first came up.

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz

When the time came to decide on a drink, I absolutely knew I’d be doing something with Meyer lemons, considering they’re in season right now and I just can’t get enough of their subtly floral lemon-meets-mandarin perfume. Their vibrant colour and citrusy flavour are the perfect antidote to the icky grey that tends to blanket Toronto at this time of year.

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Simple Syrup

At first, I thought about doing a hot toddy of sorts, seeing as the Polar Vortex had us freezing our butts off in subzero temperatures.

And then it warmed up. A lot. So much so that the blanket of ice covering the city melted away into a soggy, muddy, drizzly mess, which is most definitely not hot toddy kind of weather.

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz

After spending the better part of an afternoon chipping away at the thick layer of slippery ice outside my house, I desperately wanted something bright and refreshing to counteract all that slushy grey.

This drink was the answer. Effervescent and bright, with woodsy rosemary to balance out the brightness of the Meyers, plus a splash of gin for another layer of aromatic, slightly herbal flavour. Stir in soda water for effervescent fizz, and you’ve got yourself a lovely pick-me-up after a long slushy grey day. (Or pretty much any day, for that matter.)

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Fizz


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Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz
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Meyer lemons and rosemary come together in this contemporary twist on an old-fashioned classic.
Serves: 2
Meyer Lemon Rosemary Syrup:
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 thick strips Meyer lemon zest
Gin Fizz:
  • 4 oz gin
  • 3 oz fresh-squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 1½ oz Meyer Lemon Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • Club soda, to top off
  • Lemon slices, for garnish
  • Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
Make the Syrup:
  1. In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine water, sugar, rosemary sprigs and lemon zest.
  2. Bring the syrup to a simmer, and cook for 2 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain the syrup into a glass container and chill until ready to serve (it'll keep for up to 1 week).
Shake Up the Cocktails:
  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into two chilled highball glasses filled with ice, and top each one off with a splash of club soda. Garnish with lemon slice and rosemary sprig.


Don’t forget to check out the other fabulous bloggers mixing it up with us for Cocktail Day:


  1. says

    If you ever give a cocktail class please let me know. I am the worst at mixing cocktails at this very moment and I learned that the hard way. :-) Your gin fizz makes me thirsty just to look at it! I love the lemon and rosemary combo. And it looks absolutely gorgeous.

    I hope you have a good start to your week!

  2. says

    I love to add herbs to my cocktail. Rosemary is my favorite especially this time of year. I can snip a sprig or two even in the cold of winter. The hubbie is a gin lover. I will have to make this for him.

  3. says

    First of all, your photos are simply beautiful!! And second of all, I’m loving the ingredients you have here. I tried something similar at a farm dinner (Suzi’s Farm) last year and I’ve not replicated it. I think this is really close!

  4. says

    Love the flavors in your gorgeous drink, Isabelle! My husband is the gin drinker in our family but I think I’ll make an exception to try this. It looks wonderfully refreshing!

  5. says

    Having recently made up a batch of gin fizzes at home I totally agree with you about it being a pick me up/brighten your day type of drink. Plus the addition of meyer lemons is a genius idea.

  6. says

    This is gorgeous – and gin is always my choice additive! I got a shiny new cocktail book for Christmas, and now I want to dive into it face first! (Your photos, by the way, are drop-dead-gorgeous!)

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