In honor of Oregon’s rock-star farmers, Portland’s iconic hotel, The Nines, created its specialty cocktail Farmer’s Rock ’n’ Rose. Take a sip and keep rockin’ in the free world.

— Soda
—2 oz. gin
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—3 marion blackberries
—.75 oz. rosemary infusion*
—blackberry skewer and grated lemon zest for garnish

1. Muddle blackberries in a cocktail shaker.
2. Add gin, lemon juice, rosemary infusion and ice. Shake, and serve on rocks in a collins glass.
3. Top with soda. Garnish with blackberry skewer and grated lemon zest.

*Add 2 ounces of agave or sugar, 16 ounces of water and six sprigs of rosemary to a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Cover and let cool for 45 minutes, then strain.

Courtesy of The Nines

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