Diane Lane | End of Summer Cocktail by CHEFS

Diane Lane | End of Summer Cocktail by CHEFS

CHEFS Catalog

CHEFS Catalog

January 6th, 2018

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.


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