We’re giving this Drink of the Week the Azalea Festival Treatment!
Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this Spring with the Azalea Belle cocktail.
The North Carolina Azalea Festival takes place here in Wilmington every year, and we crafted a Drink of the Week that captures the heart of the festival: The Azalea Belle.
One of the Azalea festival’s most popular traditions are the Azalea Belles, young ladies that wear hoop-skirted antebellum dresses and serve as hostesses and guides during the Azalea Festival Garden Tour.
via Star News Online
This tradition has been going on for over 40 years and has become one of the most iconic images of the festival and of the Port City.
We tried to capture that essence of bright colorful dresses and Southern hospitality in a combination of Grapefruit juice and Gin, with just a touch of extra herbal sweetness from a homemade Rosemary Simple Syrup.
Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this spring with the Azalea Belle.
Yields: 2 Servings
- 5 Ounces Gin
- 5 Ounces Pink Grapefruit Juice
- 1.5 Teaspoon Rosemary Simple Syrup
- Grapefruit Wedge for Garnish
- Rosemary Sprig for Garnish
- Stemless Wine Glass
- Snifter Glass
- Cocktail Shaker or Tumbler
The Azalea Belle: Add a few ice cubes to stemless wine glasses, and set aside. Fill shaker half way with ice, and add in gin, juice, and 1.5 teaspoon of the rosemary syrup.
Shake it all up, and strain into glasses. Finish the drink off with a section of grapefruit and a rosemary sprig for garnish. Enjoy!
1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 219 Fat (g) 0.2 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 0 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 12 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2