Maybe I’m a bit of a plant nerd, but I think one of the coolest things is to pluck ingredients straight out of nature and use them in your every day meals. Tomatoes from the vine in a homemade red sauce, fresh salad greens snipped right from the ground, and mulberries plucked from the trees to make anything from jam to martinis. And as you can see, I chose the latter to create these mulberry martinis with a homemade simple syrup. Even if you don’t have access to fresh ingredients in your backyard, you can still find plenty of fresh produce at your local farmer’s market and grocery stores to recreate some of the cocktails and dishes you find.
Given that these mulberries were found out here in the country, I thought I might make another rustic country cocktail, but that felt a little predictable. I decided to go the martini route for something that looked a little more sophisticated, while still keeping the recipe simple. Mulberries and a little fresh rosemary boiled down make for a sweet and fragrant homemade simple syrup that could be added to iced tea or lemonade… or vodka of course.