Rosemary, like most of us on the East End, likes the ocean. The Latin name for this potent herb is Ros marinus, meaning fond of the sea. Claimed as a memory stimulant, a way to ignite stagnant energy, and even way of releasing bodily evil, this herb also delicious. At Almond, we’re doing a refreshing take on the margarita by simply infusing the tequila with local rosemary from Balsam Farm in Amagansett. Easy yet tasty, this is a great drink to batch up for daytime guests. Head to your favorite farm stand, pick up some sprigs of rosemary and stick them in your favorite tequila. Wait a few days and taste until you have the potency you desire. Also of note: rosemary repels bugs. My girlfriend Graycen is quick to point out rosemary planted around the outdoor seating of restaurants in an attempt to deter unwanted guests from the table.
1 ½ ounce rosemary infused tequila
¾ ounce lime
1 ounce Cointreau
½ ounce simple syrup
Shake vigorously and serve. For an extra kick, rim the glass with equal parts sugar, salt and 1/4 part cayenne.