Behind the Bar: Elizabeth Morrow’s Rosemary Gin Rickey

Sorry we are a week late with our cocktail this month, but I think it was worth the wait. This Rosemary Gin Rickey by photographer Elizabeth Morrow is a simple cocktail with few ingredients. We have two out of control rosemary bushes in our front yard, so I look forward to putting the rosemary to use this weekend. I hope you have time to try this out this weekend, too! — Kristina

About Elizabeth: Elizabeth Morrow is a Tacoma, Washington-based photographer and lifestyle blogger at Delightfully Tacky, where she features her daily style, recipes, home decor and more. She also does graphic design and photography for Morrow Studios, shooting family portraits, engagements and food/products, as well as designing blogs, websites and more.

See Elizabeth’s recipe after the jump . . .

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary


Over medium-high heat, mix together the water and sugar in a saucepan and place rosemary sprigs in the mixture.  Bring to a boil and boil for about 1 minute or until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture and place in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Rosemary Gin Rickey
Makes 1

  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup
  • 1.5 ounces gin
  • ice
  • club soda
  • rosemary sprigs for garnish


Fill a collins glass with ice, then pour in the lime juice, simple syrup and gin. Top with club soda and insert a sprig of rosemary as a garnish. Enjoy!

Why Elizabeth Loves This Cocktail

One of my favorite local cocktail spots is 1022 South, an amazing apothecary craft cocktail bar here in Tacoma. They create some incredible drinks, and I always end up wanting to figure out how to re-create their drinks in my own kitchen. One of the drinks on their recent fall menu was a rosemary rickey, and I knew when I took the first sip that I needed to figure out how to make it at home! Rosemary and gin are just perfect companions, and I think this drink is a great year-round cocktail.

  1. K says:

    How’d y’all know I just bought a fresh bottle of gin? Just in time!

  2. Mmm, my mouth is watering for this right now. It sounds so refreshing! An upcoming summer favorite, for sure.

  3. Perfect warm weather drink . . . I’ll need to dust off the porch and get my glass tumblers ready!

  4. Beautiful colors in these photos…yum

  5. Cherry says:

    wonderful!!! I can’t wait to share this with some friends!

  6. love her blog & this looks delish. thanks!

  7. Christine says:

    Ah, I live in Tacoma and had this drink at 1022 South last week. They make a wonderful, craft cocktail. I kind of wish it was still a secret. Selfish, I know.

  8. Pam says:

    We used turbinado sugar and its very yummy. Also going to try it with the Barr Hill gin for a wee essence of honey.

  9. Shana says:

    Wow! Just made it. Maybe added a bit less simple syrup, but boy is that good!! Thank you for a great idea. Very refreshing, and easy going.

  10. This sounds so excellent! I recently made a similar drink with lavender simple syrup and lemon, but I’ll try this next!

  11. Vanessa says:

    Is it weird if I ask what Elizabeth uses in her hair? As a fellow curly, I’m constantly on the search for something to make my mane a little more presentable. I can’t be the only one wondering…

  12. Mel says:

    Oh my, delicious! This will be made soon. (And, just as important, tell us more about Elizabeth’s fantastic denim shirtdress!)

  13. Joe says:

    So simple, yet so delicious.

  14. Elizabeth says:


    I’m currently not using any product in my hair after washing, except for the occasional argan oil. I use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner, though. You can find out more about my hair routine here:

  15. Elizabeth says:

    You can find the full details on that outfit here:
    The shirtdress is by designer Dainty June which I got from ModCloth, though it’s no longer in stock.


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