Evergreen Sparkler

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Cocktail History

The Evergreen Sparkler is a holiday cocktail that was created by food writer and author Jessica Strand and was first published in her book Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season. It’s a simple winter-inspired variation of the Tom Collins templates that pairs the classic’s combination of gin, lemon, and carbonated water with an herbal syrup. For our version, we took the evergreen flavors in a different direction by using pine syrup and tree-flavored bitters in addition to rosemary.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. It’s a type of liquor made with juniper berries, botanicals, and alcohol. We used Bombay Sapphire Gin because it has a crisp and clean botanical flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin.

Rosemary & Pine Syrup: This is a sweetener made with rosemary, pine tea, white sugar, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Spruce & Birch Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with spruce, birch, and other botanicals. We used Crude Bitters Apothecary Spruce & Birch Bitters because they have potent woodsy flavors.

Club Soda: This is water that is carbonated through CO2 injection and infused with minerals. We used Polar Premium Club Soda.

Rosemary: This is the garnish. It adds fragrant rosemary aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Evergreen Sparkler features punchy aromas of rosemary with a hint of citrus, and it has a flavor that features strong juniper and other earthy botanicals along with a balanced sweet and sour note, followed by a hint of evergreen flavor left in the mouth.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Interestingly, the recipe from the book called for equal parts gin, lemon, and syrup—that’s right, two ounces of everything. We opted for a different ratio that produced a more balanced, crushable drink that we both enjoyed. We agreed its worthy of any winter bar menu. 

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“This Tom Collins riff takes on an evergreen note with a simple syrup made with rosemary and pine needles. We used a food-grade pine tea mix, which is essentially untreated needles, to make ours, and while the pine flavor is fairly present in the syrup, I tend to find that it gets lost in most drinks we use it in; that said, Kendall can always detect it, so I honestly think it’s just me who can’t find its flavors in cocktails. While this drink was delightfully seasonal and honestly quite good, as good as the original even, it didn’t stand out to me as much of a showstopper.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“From the name, I was expecting this to be a sparkling wine cocktail but was pleasantly surprised to see it was a refreshing Tom Collins variation instead, as Alex noted. I think at this point I would be pretty bored by the classic’s lack of complexity, so the woodsy syrup and bitters were a welcome addition. They gave this light and airy drink some depth. Overall, it’s very tasty and would likely be a hit at a holiday party; the only reason I’m rating it three stars is because I probably won’t make it again… unless I have a craving for earthy tree flavors.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season by Jessica Strand.

Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season
Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season
Hardcover Book; Strand, Jessica (Author); English (Publication Language); 128 Pages – 09/22/2020 (Publication Date) – Chronicle Books (Publisher)
$19.95

AuthorVery Merry Cocktails

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 dash Spruce & Birch Bitters
 Club Soda
 1 Rosemary Sprig

Method
1

Add gin, pine syrup, lemon juice, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh crushed ice.

4

Top with club soda.

5

Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 dash Spruce & Birch Bitters
 Club Soda
 1 Rosemary Sprig

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, pine syrup, lemon juice, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh crushed ice.

4

Top with club soda.

5

Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Evergreen Sparkler

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

Riedel Drink Specific Glassare Highball Glass
Riedel Drink Specific Glassare Highball Glass
All RIEDEL glasses are dishwasher safe; Capacity is 10.94 ounces; glass size is 2.56Lx2.56Wx6.06H (Inches)
Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Rocks & Highballs, Set of 8
Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Rocks & Highballs, Set of 8
This pack contains 8 pieces; Machine-made and dishwasher safe; Rocks Glass Capacity = 10 oz.; Highball Glass Capacity = 10 7/8 oz.
$119.95
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Luigi Bormioli Bach 16.25 oz. Beverage/Hiball/Glass, Set of 4, 4 Count (Pack of 1), Clear
Luigi Bormioli Bach 16.25 oz. Beverage/Hiball/Glass, Set of 4, 4 Count (Pack of 1), Clear
Set includes: Bach 16. 25 oz. Beverage/Hiball/Glass, Set of 4; Made with SON. hyx non-leaded crystal
$40.14

More Winter Cocktails

If you like this winter cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

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