Sunday, July 8, 2012

I'm very partial to lemonade.

 You may not know this about me... but yeah... I like lemonade.  Helping our many kiddos with that lemonade stand on Friday (previous post) was the perfect kick off to summer and I LOVED your comments of encouragement to all of them!  I have to say, that was probably my favorite giveaway to date. (Winner will be chosen in a couple of days so you still have time to enter if you haven't already done that!)  Anyway, I have a slight obsession with rosemary lemonade.  It's fabulous and a local pizza place sells it.  But it also kind of borders on the too-tart side, constantly disappointing my man.  There's a balance you know... you have to get it right.  Tart and sweet.  Kind of like life.
 I found a ton of recipes all over the place for rosemary lemonade... and in the end I wound back up tweaking the ratios so they were closer to my stand-by recipe.  I wanted to try it out with honey as one of the sweets, because I kept seeing that everywhere.  I definitely liked that! I served it all weekend long to everyone who ventured into my house over the past three days, and have had a ton of requests for the recipe.  (That's how you know something is really good.)
Rosemary Lemonade
In a saucepan, dissolve 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup honey and 3 cups water. Heat until it begins to boil and drop in a few sprigs of fresh rosemary.  Turn off the heat and let it steep until cool.  Juice enough lemons to wind up with 2 cups lemon juice.  Remove rosemary from sugar water mixture and add to lemon juice.  
Add 6-7 cups of cold water and chill before serving.  

 It's heavenly.  Trust me. There's something about the rosemary and lemon that just work.  This is my all time favorite version of lemonade.
 I set up my potting bench table all cute for my girlfriends (and our many collective hoodlums) after our big LEMON:AID stand on Friday.  I added some mint and rosemary sprigs in mason jars because they're pretty and smell good and I have gazillions of both in my garden... Oh... and just in case anyone wanted to add some to their glass.  (The kids were stuck with store bought lemonade because let's face it, when you've squeezed eleventy hundred lemons for a measly 2 cups of juice, you don't really want kids, sucking it down like there's no tomorrow.  The good stuff's for us appreciative sippers... oh yeah.)
 I included some darling little yellow cups (Target) and bright, happy, yellow napkins (also Target) and some gray and white stripey straws (here). I really think Target needs to get on the stick with that one and start stocking stripey straws for us.  (I think we need to start a petition or something.)  The sweet wooden lemonade tag can be found here.   (I'm your LMM, and I hook ya up.)You're welcome.  (grin.)
Ah Summer... it's pretty much bliss, isn't it?

Have you made anything yummy lately?



23 comments:

  1. I can't wait to try this! I just pinned it so I can pass it on to my friends! ~Barb

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  2. Hey Sasha sounds like an awesome recipe!! I grow rosemary (and mint) and am always looking for a new use!! AND P.S. Target DOES have ONE set of cutie striped and polka straws!! In the party section w a new "theme" turqoise, orange, green and pink! I bought them and truley thought of ya!! Happy Sipping:)

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    1. Well, I've got to check that out then!! Thanks for the head's up! :)

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  3. I LOVE your posts!! And lemonade!! I must try this...it sounds like an awesome summer recipe!!

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  4. Yummy! Can't wait to try it! Thanks so much! :-)

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  5. I love blueberry mint lemonade! Have you tried it?

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    1. No but I think I need to, don't you??? :)

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  6. I just found out you can freeze mint and use it later. I am excited to do that when summer is over and enjoy mint tea clear through the winter! I hope it works as I have been promised it will. :)

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  7. Yum!! I'll have to try this! Have you tried basil lemonade? So good, thought I wouldn't like it but I did! Don't you just love all those colorful striped paper straws?? I think I have every color. They are my addiction, lol!!

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  8. I am having some people over this week and thinking I should make some lemonade to use some of the lemons up on our tree and now I have the perfect recipe! Thanks!

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  9. i've decided that you should do tablescapes for pottery barn. : )

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  10. I'm with Carissa...you are oozing potential and should be making big bucks as a set designer or something. Martha could take notes. Love you friend...wish you were here. Btw...not eating good:( Hope you are!

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  11. I've enjoyed Panera Bread's Frozen Lemonade twice this month! Yum. Your version sounds delicious, and I love the idea of honey in place of some of the sugar!

    Stop by my blog, I recently posted about crostini!

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  12. Wow! Your lemonade sounds delicious! I never thought of adding rosemary to lemonade, but I definitely want to try it now! :)

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  13. Yes love simlpe syrups sweet rosemary is the best drizzle over your pound cake or over ocecream yum!

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  14. You have so many talents! I love coming here! You are so creative with finding amazing decor ideas! I just wished you lived on the East Coast! :)

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  15. i was just going to say that i think target has stripey straws, but i see someone beat me to it :) you do make a pretty table, girl! and rosemary lemonade sounds like heaven.

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  16. Hmmmm, this sounds so refreshing! Thanks so much for sharing ~

    Pat

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  17. YummY! Sounds delicious. I made frozen strawberry lemonade a few days ago. I am thinking about getting my chickens in the kitchen to make a blackberry crisp I found on pinterest.

    I can't figure out how to follow you so I'm finallly going to add you to my blogroll so I can keep up with you!
    have a good night
    Michele

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  18. We love lemonade.....and my husband's great grandmother had a great recipe for Orange Lemonade. It's our favorite!

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