When it comes to mixing drinks, unconventinal flavours are often half the fun. Here’s a recipe that will not only showcase the versatility of the great martini, but wow your PARTY guests at the same time.

• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup water
• Peel of one lemon (removed with vegetable peeler
• 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
• 60ml good quality vodka
• 30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
• Ice
• Sprig of rosemary for garnish

Place the sugar, water and lemon peel in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat back to medium and allow the mixture to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

Remove the lemon peel and discard. Store the syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Syrup can be made a day ahead.

Place the rosemary sprig and 30ml of the lemon syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle a few times with a cocktail muddler, or the end of a wooden spoon.

Add the vodka, lemon juice and ice to the cocktail shaker. Shake for about 30 seconds.

Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass lined with salt. Float a sprig of rosemary on top of the martini and serve immediately.