It's New Year's brunch at the Urban Cottage.  Come in and have a grapefruit martini.

Actually, calling this cocktail a grapefruit martini is a little unfair.
The addition of rosemary-infused simple syrup makes it much more special.
I actually call it the St. Stephen cocktail.  If you want to use your name
in place of Stephen, I won't be at all offended.

It's a great brunch cocktail and, as such, I've taken it easy on the alcohol so you can have one
or two and still move on with your day without drooling on your Sunday's finest.

It's refreshing anytime of the year and is sure to fend off colds, scurvy or whatever
else might ail you.

                               For each serving:

                               6 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
                               1-1/2 oz. vodka
                               1 tablespoon rosemary syrup*
                               1 lime (for zest)

                               *see recipe below (patent pending)

                               Combine all ingredients, shake in cocktail shaker with ice
                               or serve over crushed ice in martini glass.

                               Top with a dusting to lime zest.

                                   1 cup sugar
                                   1 cup water
                                   2-3 springs of fresh rosemary
                               Bring sugar and water to a boil.  Turn off heat and add
                               rosemary sprigs.  Set aside to cool.  The rosemary will
                               turn a little brown so I usually take it out and replace it
                               with new sprigs when company's coming over.

                               Store in covered jar in refrigerator.

I don't usually use pink grapefruit but certainly looks pretty in pink.



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