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Extra Vodka? The Indian Paintbrush

By Courier Classics

Apr 1, 2020

Leftover spirits? Not a bad problem to have! If you know how to use up your extra, of course. We’re here to help with that. Welcome to our new illustrated series of bonus recipes.

What You Have

Extra: Vodka

What You Need

  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Rosemary Syrup*
  • Lime juice
  • Peychaud's Bitters

What You’ll Make


Named after the iconic Texas wildflower, the Indian Paintbrush is a vodka cocktail that's "beautiful in its simplicity and balance," says Garage bar general manager Paul Finn. Enjoy the fresh summery vibes of this simple cocktail with easy to source ingredients! The Indian Paintbrush is a delightful drink that you'll have in your back pocket whenever the mood for vodka strikes. We think it would also work wonderfully with gin.


  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 0.50 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 0.50 oz Rosemary Syrup*
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • Rosemary Sprig Garnish


In a shaker, combine all ingredients with ice (excluding garnish). Shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.


Prep your rosemary by cutting 7-8 stems to 4" in length. Pour 1 cup water into a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from burner and add rosemary to the water. Steep for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup granulated sugar and stir to dissolve. Once cool, strain, jar and refrigerate.

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