Rosemary Infused Gin

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Rosemary Infused Gin

Ingredients

  • 12-16 oz. Gin
  • 4-5 springs Rosemary

Instructions

  1. Wash rosemary thoroughly and place in clean mason jar.
  2. Fill mason jar with gin and screw on two piece cap.
  3. Let rosemary steep for 2-3 weeks.
  4. Enjoy in your favorite gin cocktail.

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