It’s that time again, Foodie Block Party! And today I bring to you the beautiful Bonnie, of Bonnie The Baker. And in true Bonnie (@BonnieBakes –Follow this girl!) style, she is throwing us all for a total loop. Rosemary Iced Coffee?! What?! Do I like that? Maybe? No. Probably. Yaaa, I would love it. First off, I love cold drinks in the morning (which means this girl drinks a whole lot of Diet Coke for breakfast—it goes awesome with my Captian Crunch). And I have been known to like Rosemary in sweets like in my Lemon Rosemary Shortbread. So while I might give it the side-eye, I know I will be trying it very soon!

I am so excited that Bonnie decided to join us for the Foodie Block Party and better yet, she is showing off her new camera with the photos below! Aren’t they gorgeous? I am loving that shot of the milk swirling in with the coffee! So please, stop giving this glamorous Rosemary Iced Coffee the side-eye like me, and give it a try!

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Every few months I try and give up coffee. Mainly because I hear things about the benefits of tea, or I don’t want to be dependent on the caffeine, or some other insane reason that proves to be totally inadequate compared to the love I have for coffee.  Because, always about a week into my new lifestyle, I hop right back on the coffee train.

Normally, I’m a coffee and milk kind of girl.  I skip the frills.  But lately, I’ve been craving all sorts of flavor combinations, and my checking account can’t afford all of those extra pumps at Starbucks.

Lucky for me, I have a Rosemary Bush in my backyard. And, I always have sugar on hand.

So, we are making Rosemary Iced Coffee.  It’s sweet, yet nutty, and totally blows away any iced coffee you’ve had thus far.  Or hot coffee.  Or a latte.  Since this recipe is for Rosemary Simple Syrup to add to your coffee, feel free to make your coffee the way you like it.

All you need is some fresh Rosemary, sugar, water, and your favorite coffee.  And milk, creamer, or half and half.  When you boil water with sugar and add the Rosemary, stirring until the sugar dissolves, the liquid becomes thick and the rosemary essence becomes infused into the sugar water. This gives you a basic simple syrup that’s been infused with Rosemary.

So put it in a mason jar and keep it on hand for when you need a little something extra in your coffee.  Or you could put it on ice cream. Or in lemonade.  But for me?  I love coffee.

You can add as little or as much of the Rosemary Syrup and milk or creamer to your coffee as you’d like.  And, to be super fancy, you can put it in fun glasses with super fun straws…serve, and enjoy!

Rosemary Iced Coffee

Ingredients:

Rosemary Simple Syrup:
3-5 fresh Rosemary Sprigs
1 ½ cup sugar
1 cup water

Rosemary Iced Coffee:
1 batch of Rosemary Simple Syrup
1 batch of favorite iced coffee recipe (I used this one from The Pioneer Woman)

Directions:

Rosemary Simple Syrup:
Bring sugar and water to a light boil, stirring constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved. Add Rosemary and allow water to still slightly boil for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low for another 10 minutes, continuing to stir frequently. Turn off heat and allow rosemary to sit in mixture for another 15-30 minutes. The more you let it sit, the more potent the flavor will be. Place in mason jar and keep in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Rosemary Iced Coffee:
Place ice cubes and desired amount of coffee into glass. Add Rosemary Simple Syrup by the tablespoon until desired sweetness is reached. Add milk or creamer as needed. Stir. Sip. Repeat.

Vendors:
Vintage Milk Glasses: Bake it Pretty
Vintage Red-Striped Straws: Bake it Pretty