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Rosemary Gin Sour Cocktail Recipe

Gin Sour is a classic cocktail that is not only quick to prepare, but also always tastes good. It is a simple mixture of lemon juice, sugar syrup and gin. In this cocktail we add a twist to gin sour by adding rosemary.

One way is to flavor the sugar syrup with rosemary and lemon zest to make this cocktail unforgettable. If you are short of time, the shorter alternative is to simply muddle a sprig of rosemary into the cocktail. Either way, the drink is a true delight, summer or not!

You can easily make a rosemary gin fizz out of this recipe by adding more soda water. That essentially makes the cocktail lighter and more refreshing, but the intense flavors become diluted. If rosemary is your thing, take a look at the rosemary related cocktails we have collected.


Lemon Rosemary Gin Cocktail

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 1 person


  • 20 ml rosemary sugar syrup
  • 60 ml gin
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 40 ml sparkling mineral water optional
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • Ice cubes


  • Add sugar (100 g) and water (125 ml) in a saucepan.
  • Add 2-3 sprigs of rosemary and lemon zest from half a lemon into the same saucepan.
  • Boil the mixture until sugar has dissolved. Take care to not thicken it. Then let it cool after straining out the herbs.
  • Put the cooled rosemary syrup, gin, lemon juice and ice cubes in a shaker. Shake vigorously.
  • Pour into a glass. If you want, you can add a little sparkling mineral water according to your taste.
  • Garnish with a small sprig of rosemary.

Recommended Gins to use for Rosemary Gin Sour

We suggest using juniper rich gins to cut through the sweetness from sugar syrup. At the same time juniper combines well with rosemary to make the drink really good.

Tanqueray London Dry Gin
Rating: 5/5

A London Dry gin such as Tanqueray goes well with Rosemary Gin Sour cocktail. If the gin is juniper rich, that will provide an extra dimension to the drink and make it very appealing.
>> Tanqueray gin review

Beefeater London Dry Gin
Rating: 5/5

Beefeater is another classic gin that suits the Rosemary Gin Sour very much.
>> Beefeater gin review

Juniper Jack Navy Strength Unplugged Gin
Rating: 5/5

Juniper Jack is a juniper heavy gin with high alcohol content. The juniper in the gin complements the citrus and rosemary aromas in this cocktail with a fresh undertone to make this combination delicious.

The Hoxton Gin
Rating: 5/5

With its citrus note from grapefruit and the slightly sweet coconut aroma, the Hoxton is wonderful for rosemary gin sour! The rosemary in the cocktail emphasizes the herbal botanicals of the Hoxton Gin, making this combination very well balanced.

Similar cocktails

Raspberry Thyme Smash
Thyme and raspberries is a fantastic combination. Add gin to it and you end up with a delectable summer drink with notes of berries and fresh herbs.
>> Recipe for Raspberry Thyme Smash

Grapefruit Rosemary Gin Cocktail
This is a very similar cocktail to Rosemary Gin Sour. The only different is that it contains grapefruit instead of lemon. But grapefruit goes great with rosemary to make this cocktail both fruity and tart.
>> Recipe for Grapefruit Rosemary Gin Cocktail

Gin Fizz
A classic cocktail that takes only 5 minutes to prepare. It highlights the flavors in the gin in combination with lemon juice and sugar syrup. And the soda water provides the refreshing bubbles in it.
>> Recipe for Gin Fizz

The right cocktail glass

Coupette glass

The coupette glass is ideal for short drinks. If you do not make a fizz out of this cocktail, then the coupette will be the right glass to serve it in.

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Classic martini glass

The Luigi Bormioli brand make lovely Martini glasses. These are also perfect for short drinks like the Rosemary Gin Sour.

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