Rosemary’s Baby

We were in search of something delicious, so we spent a few hours with Cocktail Culture by Shawn Soole and Nate Caudle, published by Touchwood Editions, 2013. It’s a fascinating volume about the resurgence of hand-crafted cocktails in the Victoria, BC, region, and we’ll certainly revisit this book for inspiration.


The Rosemary’s Baby involves rosemary and fire, so immediately pushed buttons for two of us. It also involves two highly fragrant liqueurs that we’ve been meaning to try. This cocktail was created by Simon Ogden and is featured in Cocktail Culture.


  • 1 oz London dry gin
  • 1 oz Galliano
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse

Place rosemary sprig in cocktail glass; pour Chartreuse over sprig and set alight. Shake gin, Galliano, and lemon juice with ice and pour over rosemary to douse the flame. Stir to combine; discard rosemary.

The verdict: We liked it! The rosemary essence is delicious, and the drink opens up nicely as it sits. The cocktail is subtly fruity — not in-your-face, but delightfully complex. As a bonus, the flaming technique adds a little showmanship to the presentation. I predict we’ll make this one again.



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