Rosarita!-the Rosemary Scented Margarita
“The cocktails are very serious here, ladies, we take cocktails seriously.” Ti Adelaide Martin, co-proprietor of the legendary New Orleans restaurant, Commander’s Palace, advised fellow food writer Nancie McDermott and me as we sat down to join her for lunch there last summer, urging us to imbibe.
“Most places you go, you get a horrible cocktail, so most people say just give me a glass of wine. I’m not going to drink this- whatever, this stupid drink you have.”
Then Ti Adelaide regaled us with the story of her mother (legendary New Orleans restauranteur, Ella Brennan) and uncle’s quest for the perfect Daiquiri (Martin’s favorite drink), from the days when travel between New Orleans and Cuba was commonplace. But my eyes had already lit on the Rosarita which beckoned to me from Commander’s impressive cocktail menu. Rosarita– a rosemary infused Margarita- Margaritas and rosemary, are you kidding? Two of my favorite things. Seemed like the perfect way to start a fabulous leisurely lunch to me. And lucky for you, I’m going to share a recipe just in time for Cinco de Mayo. For those of you who don’t love rosemary as much as I do, don’t worry- the woodsy, herbal notes are subtle. Of course, if you want more rosemary flavor, feel free to let the rosemary infuse into the simple syrup longer.
Ah- and if you do want to read about the perfect Daiquiri, visit my article about it at OKRA, the online publication of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Roasrita recipe follows…