Diane Lane | End of Summer Cocktail by CHEFS
End of Summer Cocktail by CHEFS Catalog
Even though we are quickly approaching the first day of fall, I am having a hard time letting go of summer and all of its bounty. One of my favorite summer activities is concocting a refreshing mixed drink using whatever is available around the house and/or in the garden to beat the summer heat. There have been many successes and failures, but the one cocktail that I always go back to is a drink that I named the Diane Lane. Think rosemary and blood orange, Tuscany, and the star of the 2003 chick flick “Under the Tuscan Sun”. I even took this recipe with me during a stint as bartender at Angele Restaurant in Napa where, amongst other amazing cocktails, you can still find a variation of the Diane Lane on their menu today.
This is easy drinking and sure to help you through the remaining days of summer.
Diane Lane CocktailRecipe
1 ½ ounces of Vodka
½ ounce of Rosemary simple syrup (see recipe below)
¾ ounce of fresh lime juice
2 sprigs of fresh Rosemary
Blood Orange Soda
Combine Vodka, Rosemary simple syrup, lime juice, 1 sprig of Rosemary and ice in your cocktail shaker.
Strain it into a collins or highball glass filled with ice.
Top with Blood Orange Soda to the top then garnish with a fresh sprig of Rosemary and a lime wheel or wedge.
For the Rosemary Simple Syrup
1 cup of water
1 cup of white sugar
¼ cup of Rosemary leaves
Combine water, sugar, and rosemary leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let syrup steep, about 30 minutes.
Pour syrup into a sterilized glass jar through a mesh strainer to remove rosemary leaves; let cool.