Coming back from Salt Spring Island the other day, I wanted to try a new cold drink recipe inspired from a drink I ordered for the first time at the Tree House Coffee: homemade rosemary lemonade. I never buy soft drinks (except coca cola when we are sick, it is a medicine for disturbed stomachs after all:-) ) but it doesn’t mean I don’t get bored drinking plain water. Summer calls for refreshing drinks and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious and easy to prepare a homemade lemonade can be. If you are a fan of herbs and intense flavors, this recipe is for you! Let’s jump right in.
Serving: 1 liter of lemonade
Timing: 20 minutes (Allow some extra time to cool down, if you have ice-cubes ready, this should go real fast!)
– 4 lemons
– a sprig of fresh rosemary
– ½ cup brown sugar
– 1 liter water
– ice cubes
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Pour the sugar and the rosemary in the boiling water to dilute and infuse. Remove from the heat and blend with a spoon. Let sit for a couple of minutes. The longer you let the rosemary infuse, the more intense the taste.
In the meantime, cut the lemons in halves and squeeze in the juice out of the them. Make sure there is no pulp or stems left.
Pour the sugar and rosemary mixture as well as the lemon juice into a jug. Fill the rest with cold water. Add the ice-cubes. It’s ready!