Black Lagoon

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  • For Cocktail:
  • 4 oz. Vodka
  • 2 oz. Rosemary-Lemon Syrup
  • 2 tsp. Fresh lemon juice
  • Licorice ice cubes
  • For Rosemary-Lemon Syrup:
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 2 Cups water
  • 2 Sprigs rosemary
  • For Licorice Ice Cubes:
  • 4 Cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. anise seed
  • 2 to 4 Drops black food coloring


  1. To make the Licorice Ice Cubes, bring the water and anise seed to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and let cool 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve (discard solids), then stir in food coloring. Pour into ice cube trays (preferably square), and freeze.
  2. To make the Rosemary-Lemon Syrup, remove the peel from lemons with a vegetable peeler, leaving bitter white pith behind. Combine peel plus remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain through a fine sieve (discard solids), and chill.
  3. To make the Black Lagoon, combine vodka, syrup, and juice in a cocktail shaker. Stir to combine. Add seltzer, and divide between two glasses filled with licorice ice cubes. Serve immediately.
  • NOTE: This drink is clear when first poured, but darken as the black ice cubes melt. To make serving multiple cocktails, multiply and mix the vodka, syrup and lemon juice in a pitcher. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve up to 3 hours. Pour mixture into glasses over licorice ice cubes, then top with seltzer.