Mixed Up Mule

Sitting a bar you end up meeting lots of people if you take the time,  exchanging of conversations can lead to many things. New ideas, challenged beliefs, lasting friendships.  But you never know till you say hello.

I went to a Mission Taco Joint in Soulard on Sunday to visit with two bartenders I used to work with, Josh and Jason.   While sitting there I ended up talking to me bar neighbors – Ali and Nori. We were talking about books, jobs, and then eventually drinks. Per their suggestion I thought I would try a take on a mule with grapefruit and Rosemary.

Being that I always love a good presentation I decided to flame roast the Rosmary before I added it to the mule with grapefruit juice…  It was still missing something and the towards the end of the drink the Rosemary just took over everything.   What about gin…  I do like a good Gin Mule but sometimes the Gin will overtake all the other subtle favors or in this case it will just fight with the Rosemary at the end.

Hybrids…  Always fun: vodka and gin!  What about the Rosemary.  How about just flame roasting it and then stiring with it??   And bitters.  Just a couple of dashes to complement the other flavors… Mm mm I like


  • Flame roasted Rosemary
  • Bombay Sapphire Gin.75 oz
  • Titos Vodka – .75 oz
  • Ginger beer
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Garnished with grapefruit twist

I left the Rosemary out from being the garnish. the Rosemary just took over the drink towards the end.

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Rosemary simple syrup

Rosemary Honey Simple Syrup
February 23, 2016


Rosemary / Honey Simple Syrup – Easy, Tasty, Simple


A whiff of rosemary and I’m teleported back to Colorado.
I had a friend there that would make pork chops with rosemary.  
It was the first times I had been introduced to the herb. 
It pairs well with food, tea, and cocktails, as long as you are willing to experement and try  
With this syrup you can easily add a little bit of extra flavor to your drinks .  


I used 3 stalks per cup for this. I brought the water to a boil. turned it to med-low and then added the rosemary. I let it sit for about 30 minutes. 

Strain out the Rosemary after you think it is strong enough.
*remember that you are mixing it with other flavors so what might seem strong smelling and tasting right now will be dulled down when you mix it with other things. 

Keep the strained rosemary and use for garnish if you choose

Lets add in honey.  

I use the same amount of honey that I put in water.

I try to start off with a 1:1 ratio. 

 give a good stir and then put it in whatever you like to store things in. 

 I fond this bottles here with a swing top lid at IKEA for less than $4. SO I use them for everything. 

 This mix is has no alchol in it to keep if from spoiling. put in fridge and use within 7-14 days.

You can always add in some vodka to lenthen the shelf life of this. 







simple syrup