rosemary infused lemonade
I’ve decided through out the rest of the month I will be posting some of my many summer drinks I have created over the years. Most of the time I use herbs collected in the garden. Some have come while experimenting, and have been fabulous (and some I toss out on first sip). Almost any herb can be incorporated into any simple syrup. I just happen to have a lot of rosemary right now, so thought I would this one. It’s surprisingly refreshing, and the rosemary gives it a nice twist. Keep in mind I have made these all “virgin” but you can easily add a jigger (as my grandfather would say) of vodka to any of them, and they make for really lovely lawn cocktails. Sometimes a splash of soda/seltzer is a really nice touch too. You can add a colorful straw, or floral ice cubes and bring it from great to fabulous for a wedding or party. In case you are curious, you can purchase my glassware through Fishes Eddy (I’ve had them for like 100 years) they are childproof, not one has broken!
A small handful of freshly picked and rinsed rosemary (organic).
1 cup white, granulated sugar
2 cups of boiling water for the infusion
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups or more of cold water
Prepare simple syrup: Add water and sugar and boil, stirring constantly. Add a few sprigs of rosemary to syrup and let sit for an hour. Strain the rosemary out of the syrup, and add to a pitcher . Add lemon, more water. Finnish off with ice. Garnish with sprigs of rosemary & lemon wedges.