Cool drink for a hot day

7 Aug

Originally inspired by this recipe on Everybody Likes Sandwiches, I’ve tinkered with this recipe several times, always with great results. This time, I used what was on hand,  including lavender and rosemary from my backyard.

Lemonade with Lavender and Rosemary

Simple Syrup (1 cup sugar, 1 cup water)
4 Lemons, juiced
1 Lime, juiced
Several small clippings of Lavender and Rosemary

1) Make your simple syrup. Mix the sugar and water in a pan and boil until the sugar dissolves. You can also flavor it by adding ginger, mint, or whatever you like. I muddled Lavender and Rosemary in it while it boiled, and took them out when the mixture cooled.
2) Pour in your juice (add more for a stronger batch).
3) Pour over ice and add water until it suits your taste. Usually several cups.
4) Toss in extra clippings of Lavender and Rosemary for a beautiful presentation.

Tip: Since it is lemon season and you can score some great deals on large amounts of them, remember that you can always juice them, freeze them in ice cube trays and store the cubes in a bag or container in the freezer. That way if you need lemons during the off-season, you have a ready supply! It comes in super handy for recipes and drinks that call for them. You can simply toss them in cold, or microwave them.

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