The surprising combination of sweet marionberry and fragrant rosemary make this simple cocktail more refreshing than a rain drop!
Soooo I’m from Portland. That’s the Oregon one, not the Maine one.
I’m a born-and-raised Oregonian and I love it here!
The only thing that makes me crazy about the Willamette Valley (pronounced like will-lamb-it, not will-a-metty) is that it rains here…a lot.
Seriously, the Pacific Northwest actually has higher incidences of depression because it’s depressingly cloudy for about 8 months out of the year. But, you guys, those four months of nice weather are amaaaazing.
Rather than get all down-and-out about the weather, I thought I’d celebrate my Portland heritage with a tasty adult beverage.
Behold, the magical marionberry-rosemary concoction lovingly dubbed the rain drop:
I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about this drink that tastes like home. But it does.
If you’re not familiar with Marionberries, girrrrrrl (dude?), you are missing out.
I think they are the result of a weird blackberry-hybrid-experiment-thing conducted at Oregon State University.
Wikipedia says they are actually called “Marion Blackberries,” but to me they taste quite different than regular blackberries. Closer to a huckleberry or a boysenberry I suppose.
I’ve been hardcore crushing on the Oregon Marionberry and Northwest Red Raspberry Vodkas produced by Wild Roots Vodka and (surprise!) distilled here in Portland.
They make some seriously tasty libations, so I hope you can find their products somewhere nearby. Honestly, it’s worth buying it just to admire the beautiful bottle!
If you can’t find it, try using a raspberry or blackberry flavored vodka as a substitute (or even cranberry if you like living on the edge).
I think this is my new favorite cocktail. I love sipping on one on days when it is overcast and I need a reminder of why I love living here. Which would be… uh… oh yeah, living in the beautiful, green wonderland that is Oregon.
It’s too cold to tell right now, but I have a suspicion that these would be super refreshing on a hot summer day, too. You know, during those few way-too-hot weeks of the year when you actually MISS the rain? Yep. Make yourself a cool, fresh rain drop!
Here’s Your Recipe!
- 1 1/2 ounces marionberry vodka
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup*
- 1 cup ice
- 3 ounces sparkling water
- Combine the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
- Add the ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Transfer the shaken cocktail and ice to a serving glass.
- Top with sparkling water. Garnish with rosemary sprigs.
*To make rosemary simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup sugar in a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and add 1/2 cup rosemary leaves. Simmer for 10 minutes, strain, and cool.