rosemary infused lemonade

rosemary infused lemonade _via One fine Day

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!

INGREDIENTS
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
Ice

DIRECTIONS

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.

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