Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rosemary Gin Lemonade



If I am feeling too hot on a warm evening, honey lemonade is often my go to drink.  I make many varitations of it, herbs happen to be my favorite!  A butt kicking work day however...is another story.  Then that drink might have to be a martini.  But today happened to be both, so it was a tough descision!  Today at work it was as if everyone came back from their labor day celebrations at the cabin hungry, and hit the deli where I work hard!  I felt like I was running around like a crazy woman, and that is just the sort of day that calls for a delicious refreshing drink while relaxing at home afterwards!  Since the refreshing gin of the martini and the tart sweetness of the lemonade both sounded good, I combined them and made honey gin lemonade.  But not just plain honey gin lemonade. 


Rosemary infused!  I had some honey syrup infused with rosemary that I thought would be a nice addition to sweeten the drink and it was!  The herby rosemary was perfect with the refreshing gin, not to mention the aroma was calming!  The lemonade was just the right tart sweetness and the floral honey paired well with the rosemary!  It was just what the doctor ordered for today.  Butt kicking day no more after savoring every last drop of it!  If you had a butt kicking day, or just wish to relax, here is the recipe for this concoction!


Rosemary Gin Lemonade
makes 1

1/3 cup lemon juice
4 oz gin
2 Tbsp honey rosemary syrup*
ice
a few sprigs rosemary
a few lemon slices
sparkling water

In a martini shaker, combine lemon juice, gin, and honey syrup (more if a sweeter drink is desired), and shake until well blended.  Place a good amount of ice in a tall glass, along with a few sprigs of rosemary, and a few lemon slices.  Pour drink into the glass, and top off with some sparkling water...enjoy!

*To make honey rosemary syrup, combine 1/4 cup boiling water, 1/4 cup honey and 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary in a container.  Cool, cover, and place in the fridge and let sit at least a day or up to a few weeks.  Works well in lemonade to sweeten as well as drinks!

12 comments:

Sara from Texas said...

I saw the word "gin" and I was sold. Looks great!

Isabelle said...

I just love rosemary in cocktails, especially lemon-flavoured ones. This sounds like a fabulous refreshing drink for hot summer days.

Angela@RecipesFromMyMom said...

That's my kind of lemonade! Especially since you pour a good dose of gin.

Katherine said...

I love rosemary in cocktails! A honey-rosemary syrup is such a great idea. I recently made a ginger-lemonade highball with ginger simple syrup (and wrote a post about all kinds of simple syrups). This cocktail is right up my alley, thanks for sharing!

Celia said...

I'm sitting on my porch right now...and totally wishing I had a glass of this. I bet that rosemary is amazing with the juniper flavor of gin...

Sandra said...

Again I say this is why you're the Queen of Cocktails!!!

Amy's Cooking Adventures said...

Looks yummy - definitely a must try!

Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan said...

Looks fantastic! I could use one (or two or three) of these after this week!

Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com said...

Now that the summer party season is here, this is a welcome addition to the drinks menu! Cheers!

Claire said...

The rosemary is doing really well in the garden this summer. I really want to try this!

Lizzy said...

It's definitely the season for this drink...how beautiful and refreshing! Love the rosemary~

Roxana GreenGirl said...

I don't drink but I'm intrigued by the rosemary and lemon combo, next time I'm making lemonade I'm going to try it out. Thanks Amy

happy Sunday