Nine years later it is still overwhelming and so today is a time for remembrance. To that end, today's Simple Saturday Sipper is a Rosemary Lemonade. Since ancient times, Rosemary has stood as a symbol of memory or remembrance, immortalizing those we have lost.
by Deb, Kahakai Kitchen
(Makes About 6 Cups)
1 cup water
1/2 cup agave syrup or 1 cup sugar
2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 8 lemons worth)
3 1/2 cups cold, filtered water
extra lemon slices and rosemary sprigs for garnish
Heat 1 cup of water, agave, rosemary sprigs and vanilla in a small pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Let boil for about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 2 hours.
Add the honey, lemon juice and water (plus additional water to taste). Remove the rosemary sprigs and strain the lemonade into a pitcher. Chill thoroughly and serve garnished with fresh rosemary sprigs and lemon slices.
Notes/Results: Flavorful and delicious. The rosemary's "piney" and slightly pungent taste pairs well with bright, tangy lemon, a bit of vanilla and honey soften the taste, and along with the agave, make it lightly sweet. The rosemary is from my herb garden where it is growing strong and proud and this lemonade is another great way to use it. The rosemary syrup would also be delicious in a cocktail. I will make this drink again.