week two and a whiskey rose beverage

two weeks down. 

two weeks since ive started the new job and i've been learning learning learning. learning how to make jewelry, learning how the toaster oven works, learning about what a PO order is and why it matters, and really learning how to create a new rhythm in my day to day.

its a funny thing really. because as fun as change can be, it's also tiring.

so this last week, grant and i lent ourselves a little r + r and had date night in. we made dinner in our little apartment kitchen, started watching fixer upper (WHY did we not know about this before?!), and we mixed up this whiskey rose cocktail i'm sharing with you below. it's funny how rest can be a game changer in the day to day - i was so thankful for a chance to step back, take a breath, and be reminded of the ordinary things in life that i love and crave. i'm constantly reminded of how important it is to keep those things in the mix... you know, the making dinner, walking the dog, chatting with husband type things. those are the ones that keep you centered and full even when things around you are shuffling, and keep you bringing your best even when those shuffles are good.  

so for the rose cocktail - i'd seen it over on a blog called By Kara Elise and knew we had to try it. it calls for one of my favorite things (rosemary) and one of grant's favorite things (whiskey) - hooray for a cocktail we would both love :) we put our own little twist on it by bringing in some blackberry, but feel free to sub that out for and fruit/flavor you prefer.

i hope you enjoy this as much as i did to fancy up a simple night in. here we go!

the whiskey rose cocktail is a DELICIOUS combo of rye whiskey, rosemary simply syrup, and IZZE sparkling blackberry (or whatever flavor IZZE you most prefer). here are the ingredients you'll need to make the magic happen:

1.5 oz rye whiskey
1/2 oz rosemary simple syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice
IZZE sparkling apple
Sprig of rosemary and blackberry for garnish

start by making the rosemary simple syrup. i know this sounds super fancy but it is honestly REALLY easy to do - add one cup of sugar and one cup of water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. once the sugar is dissolved and you've got a nice smooth liquid going, remove the saucepan from the heat and add 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary. let that cool and then strain the simple syrup and place it in a lid tight container. you can keep any extra refrigerated to use for future yummy beverages. now, in a cocktail glass, stir together whiskey, simple syrup, and lemon juice. add a scoop of ice. top with IZZE sparkling blackberry, and dash with bitters. garnish with your rosemary and float a blackberry or two if you're feeling fancy. cheers!