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RECIPE: THE TOWER


 

Smoked evergreen and sharp citrus, rounded out by honeyed sweetness.

prep time: 30 minutes serves: 4 difficulty: medium

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup (16 g) wood chips, bbq or smoking grade
  • 12 sprigs rosemary (15 g), fresh
    • 4 sprigs reserved for garnish
  • 1 tsp (5 g) ginger, unpeeled and finely grated
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) honey
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1 cup (240 ml) lemon juice, fresh
  • 2½ cups (600 ml) club soda

DIRECTIONS

Smoked Rosemary Cordial (yields 1½ cups or 360 ml)

  1. Add wood chips to a medium, dry pot over high heat.
  2. Stir frequently until chips are smoking and evenly toasted to dark brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and while angling the pot away from you, slowly add 1 cup of water, 8 rosemary sprigs, and ginger. Beware of splashback as the water hits the hot pot.
  4. Cover the pot and return to a simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and pass through a fine strainer to remove solids.
  6. Let cool to room temperature, then add honey and stir to dissolve.
  7. Seal and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Per Serving

  • 3 oz Smoked Rosemary Cordial
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 5 oz club soda
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  1. In a tall 12 oz glass with ice, pour 2 oz Smoked Rosemary Cordial and 1 oz lemon juice.
  2. Top with 5 oz club soda and stir gently to mix.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary pushed half-way into the cocktail, and lightly char the exposed portion with a culinary blowtorch (enough to glow and smoke, but not catch fire).

NOTES

  • Be sure that your cooking area is well-ventilated when charring the wood chips.
  • Heating honey to high temperatures will produce bitter flavours and degrade its flavour, so mix it at cooler temperatures whenever possible.
  • Remember to warn your guests of the smoking rosemary sprig when serving!