Honey, Ginger Sparkling Lemonade with Rosemary

A sparkling dose of summer. 

My friend Beda and I have an ongoing long distance food affair. Settled in a small town in Colorado, we send each other recipes on a regular basis, recommending new food books and asking for tips on what we should bring as a side to the dinner party we got invited to. So it’s only fitting that when I went to visit we had to make a recipe that complemented the late spring Colorado sun.

Believers in multi-purpose food and drink, we decided on sparkling lemonade, equally as refreshing for a post-hike drink as it is a balmy evening cocktail spiked with bourbon.

Local honey is essential in this recipe – don’t switch out sugar in the simple syrup. Add in locally grown rosemary and set up a table in the sunlit backyard, and you have a special moment between friends. Enjoy!

Honey, Ginger Sparkling Lemonade with Rosemary

1 cup honey

1 cup water

Juice of 7 Meyer lemons

1/2 cup minced ginger

6-10 full rosemary stalks

1.25 liter bottle of sparkling water

Ice cubes

Optional:

Your liquor of choice. We recommend bourbon or vodka.

Directions:

To make simple syrup, place honey, water and two rosemary stalks in a saucepan and warm over medium heat while constantly stirring until honey is completely dissolved. Add in ginger. Leave on heat for a 2-3 more minutes, regularly stirring, to increase rosemary flavor. Let sit for 30-60 minutes to cool down. Note: for a stronger rosemary flavor, muddle the rosemary first and let the simple syrup sit for longer.

Strain simple syrup into a pitcher and add in lemon juice, top off with ice cubes and sparkling water.

Garnish with rosemary and serve in mason jars.

Images: Anna Brones, Gordon Klco

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