2 ounces tequila
2 ounces fresh orange juice
2 ounces orange flavored soda water (such as La Croix)
½ ounce Orange–Rosemary Syrup (recipe below)
Strip of orange peel for garnish
For the Orange–Rosemary Syrup:
1 cup water
⅓ cup sugar
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 strips orange peel
Fill cocktail glass (high ball or low ball work well) with ice, then fill cocktail shaker ¾ full of ice. Add tequila, orange juice, soda water, and simple syrup- to shaker. Shake for 30 seconds and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a piece of orange peel.
The ratio of sugar to water in this simple syrup is not the classic 1:1, and the reason for this is simply preference. For people who like drinks a little less sweet like I do, then this is the way to go. If you know you’re someone who prefers a sweeter drink, simply increase the amount of sugar to ¾ cup or 1 cup.
For the Rosemary-Orange Syrup
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a glass container fitted with a lid.
Store refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Not a fan of rosemary? Use thyme, fresh mint, or fresh basil in the simple syrup. For some kick add jalapeño slices to the simple syrup.