Fresh rosemary adds an herbal note to this festive cocktail. You can also make a cocktail pre-mix with the vodka, lemon and Honey Syrup then just shake 3 oz with the rosemary and mandarin, strain and top with champagne bubbles.
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/2 -- 1/4 mandarin or clementine depending upon size
1 1/2 oz Stoli Vodka
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz Honey Syrup*
1 oz brut champagne or sparkling wine
Bend rosemary sprig and drop into mixer glass.
Squeeze and drop in Mandarin.
Measure in the vodka, lemon and honey syrup.
Fill shaker with ice, then cap and shake vigorously.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Add a splash of champagne.
Garnish with rosemary.
*To make Honey Syrup: combine 3/4 cup local honey with 1/2 cup hot water. Stir to dissolve. Store refrigerated.