This is a guest post featuring one of the delicious drinks that was pictured in the Chic & Modern New Year’s Eve party featured on This is part of a Portland Blogger’s Collaboration photo shoot and post series. Read on for a tasty Rosemary Bliss Cocktail Recipe!

Today’s post is brought to you by Bee from The Spicy Bee. Check out Bee’s website for some appetizer ideas from the photo shoot and some amazing recipes, reviews, and glimpses into Bee’s awesome life. My favorite posts include: Apple & Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops, Menu Planning, & BBQ Bacon Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries.



Rosemary Bliss Cocktail

by Bee of The Spicy Bee
Photography by Macey of Motormouth Studios

I was very excited for the chance to use a locally made liquor for this cocktail. Crater Lake Gin is made by Bend Distillery in Bend, OR. It is considered an American gin, infused with juniper after distillation, which makes it different from many.

As for the rosemary, while it is popular at Christmas (for its evergreen appearance), it is a known symbol of remembrance, which, in my opinion, makes for a great New Year’s cocktail. What better way to remember the last year than with this sweet and savory gin-based beverage?

  • 2-4 Rosemary sprigs
  • 1 Lemon, sliced and juiced (sliced for decorative purposes)
  • 1 1/2 oz. gin (Crater Lake Gin pictured)
  • 2 oz. sparkling water chilled
  • Up to 2 Tbls. Simple Syrup

A Simple Rosemary-Infused Syrup

  1. On the stove, stir together 1/2 cup sugar, 2 chopped sprigs rosemary, and 1/2 cup water.
  2. Boil for 10 minutes
  3. Then strain out the rosemary.

Store extra simple syrup in the fridge for future use.


  1. Mix gin with 1 T lemon juice and 1-2 T simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like your cocktail).
  2. Pour in sparkling water, and stir if needed.
  3. Twist yourself a lemon peel (video tutorial here), wrap it around a sprig of rosemary, and rest it on the inside of your glass. Enjoy!

Thank you so much to Bee for sharing her recipe. And, I’ve tasted this concoction and LOVED it. The flavors of the gin and rosemary are subtle and lovely when paired with the lemon and sugar of the simple syrup. In my experience the juice of 1 lemon comes to about 1 oz. And, 2 Tablespoons of liquid is around 1 oz as well!

ROSEMARY BLISS SODA: A Non-alcoholic option

1 1/2 OZ Lemon Juice
1 1/2 OZ ROSEMARY Simple Syrup (See above for method)
3 OZ Sparkling water

Pour in glass over ice, garnish with lemon and rosemary, and ENJOY!

Follow along this week and next for more of this party, first featured on! I’ll be featuring a tasty cocktail, an appetizer recipe, a few DIY projects, and some DIY party tips for your NYE party!

A BIG thank you to my NYE party collaborators— 
Check out their blogs!
Photography: Macey of Motormouth Studios
Event Styling: ME! of A Well Crafted Party
Menu: Bee of The Spicy Bee and Kate of Fork and Vine
Venue Styling: Adi of Garden of Edlen
Model Styling: Sarah of The Confessions of a Product Junkie
Models: Sarah, Carter, Kate, Will, Adi, Matt, Kayla of Fit Life Forward and Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking
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Bee Talmadge
Hi. My name is Bee. I am a health conscious, adventurous food writer from Chicago. I reside in Portland, OR. I write at the blog The Spicy Bee. My favorite foods usually involve beans, avocados, or cheese. When I'm not being a kitty momma to my cat Bonsai, I am out with my husband Kevin dining or hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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  1. Reply

    You are awesome! I love what you did with my pictures and will post up a link to TheSpicyBee today to drive some traffic your way 😉

  2. Reply

    Such a delicious drink! Can’t wait to make it for Austin (the gin lover in the family)!

    • Lacey
    • December 23, 2012

    What a fun project. And what a festive drink. I had no idea rosemary was for remembrance.

    • Linda Makiej
    • December 23, 2012

    So yummy!!
    Have a great holiday…. 🙂

  3. Reply

    I’ve never had gin but I love rosemary so I definitely want to try this!!

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    • Ben
    • August 21, 2017

    I had no idea rosemary could make a great, christmas/new years cocktail. It grows everywhere here in the southeast. I’ll keep this in mind this year!
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