As it turns out, I not only took home this wonderful rosemary-infused vodka from the Foodbuzz Festival this past weekend, I also brought home a bug. I’ve either caught one or my taste buds have just decided to go on vacation for a bit after my flavor-packed weekend. I haven’t tasted much of anything for the last two days. Such a pity since I have been wanting to cook and bake…and eat.
Well, I’ve cooked actually–simple fare like soup and various incarnations of fried rice. Not exactly blog material but my husband hasn’t complained.
Fortunately, I didn’t waste much time before deeming it martini-time in my home. I was lucky enough to receive a container of rosemary-infused vodka from Brian of A Thought For Food at the Foodbuzz Festival. I think more than a few people would have liked me to share my gift with them that evening, but selfish me, I took it home.
I’m not a cocktail expert by any means but as soon as I unscrewed the top of my vodka container, I knew that a simple concoction was in order. If you like the smell of fresh rosemary you will bury your nose in the woodsy fragrance of this vodka. But beyond smelling the herb (one of my favorites), its essence is captured in the vodka itself as a result of infusing the latter with fresh sprigs for a few days. You will find Brian’s recipe here. Not wanting to mess with an already good thing, I simply shook the chilled vodka in a shaker, added a splash of vermouth to a chilled martini glass, poured, then squeezed some lemon juice into the mix. I then sipped my martini slowly, appreciating Brian’s gift (Thank You!!) and remembering the fun time at the Foodbuzz Festival.