When the directions say turn right at the cemetery, pass the one-room school house, and then turn north on the gravel road, you know you have succeeded in “getting away” for the weekend. No street signs. No other cars in sight. Just rolling hills with golden prairie grasses as far as the eye can see.
As a way to celebrate my mom’s completion of chemotherapy, and as a respite before radiation begins, we set our sights westward to the Flint Hills of Kansas. There we stayed in a house surrounded with the peace, calm, and beauty of the prairie. No beach, no mountains, but a gem in the middle of the heartland.
Between morning coffee on the porch, meals crafted together in the kitchen, games, laughter and tears, I made this cinnamon rosemary old fashioned with some of the rosemary and cinnamon packed in our haul for the weekend.
A warming sipper, it was perfect for the mild days and the cool nights we were experiencing.
Now home, with fall temps finally settling in around Kansas City, this cinnamon rosemary cocktail has been on repeat and will surely continue in our cocktail rotation through the winter.
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- Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup:
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup water
- 6 sprigs rosemary
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- For the cocktail:
- 4 teaspoons cinnamon rosemary simple syrup
- 3 dashes angostura bitters
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 orange peel
- rosemary sprig for garnish, optional
- Start with making the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine honey, water, rosemary sprigs, and cinnamon sticks over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until honey has dissolved into water. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Once cool, remove rosemary and cinnamon sticks and transfer to an airtight container.
- When ready to make cocktail, add 4 teaspoons of the cinnamon rosemary simple syrup and 3 dashes of bitters to an Old Fashioned glass. Swirl syrup and bitters around in glass. Add bourbon, ice, orange peel, and stir. Store extra simple syrup in airtight container in refrigerator. Enjoy!
Adapted from my Bourbon Thyme Cocktail.