When it’s so hot that you just wish winter would finally come, it’s always great to have something around that’ll quench your thirst. We all have our go tos: popsicles, fruit, beer, juice, etc. Mine is lemonade. In the summer, I am constantly making lemonade and experimenting with flavors. I’ll add anything I have lying around that I think will make a good combination. I don’t think you can really go wrong with most flavors, as long as you keep it simple enough. Today, I’ll share one of my favorites with you: Rosemary Lemonade.
I like to make this lemonade when people are coming over or if we plan on grilling. This is a fantastically refreshing drink and lemon and rosemary flavors don’t generally compete with alcoholic beverages like beers and and cocktails (I know you’re drinking while BBQ-ing). Now, this lemonade has one secret ingredient 🙂 Angostura bitters.
If you’re a cocktail enthusiast, then you probably know what this is. If not, well, go buy some! It really does wonders in terms of taste. It’s very distinct with a bitter bark profile. Put too much in and you can ruin the drink. But if you put too little in, then you won’t taste anything at all!
Rosemary has a distinct aroma that is best brought out by muddling it into the lemon juices. This will allow the rosemary to release its flavors into the lemon juice and it will continue to do so while chilling. And be careful when adding the Angostura bitters. It can be very overpowering, so keep adding a bit at a time and keep on tasting until you feel like it tastes just right.
Also, I don’t sweeten my lemonades, as I like to keep them fresh and healthy. However, if you are someone who prefers it sweeter, you can of course make sugar water and add that in. The best option for this is to add sugar to some hot water and let it dissolve and cool. Then add that in to your pitcher and you’re good to go.
Chill time will obviously be different for everyone, as it depends on your fridge. If you want to speed up the process a bit, then add less water and put in ice cubes. The ice will melt while in the fridge, but it will get your drink colder a bit faster.
And there you have it! You can find the full recipe below. If you like this recipe, leave a comment below to let me know!
This refreshing lemonade is perfect for those hot summer days when you feel you could drink from a fire hose and it wouldn't be enough. This recipe is great for every day and when you've got friends over for a relaxed BBQ.
- 2-3 large lemons
- 3 large sprigs of rosemary
- 10 drops of angostura bitters
- 1.5 liters of water
Cut the lemons in half. Put one half to the side and then take the rest and squeeze out the juice.
Take the rosemary sprigs and cut them into one inch pieces.
Pour the lemon juice into a pitcher and add the rosemary sprigs.
Muddle the lemon juice and rosemary in the pitcher. This is important to get the rosemary aromas out.
If you want to add sugar, do so now. Ideally it is best to melt the sugar in some hot water before starting the lemonade in order to let it cool down a little.
Take the remaining half of lemon and cut it niceley into thin, round slices.
Fill the pitcher up with water and add the lemon slices.
Add several drops of angostura bitters. Add a bit at a time and taste the lemonade to see if you can taste it. It should be a subtle taste, not overpowering, so be careful not to overdo it on the bitters.
Now put in your fridge and let it chill for several hours.
Serve and enjoy!