There’s nothing like a tall, cool glass of homemade lemonade to beat the summer heat. This pretty-in-pink rose lemonade made by adding rose syrup to a rosemary infused lemonade is a delicious twist on the classic.
I cannot believe that we are almost halfway through the year. Time seems to run in leaps and bounds, tagging us along, whether we are willing travelers or not. This year still feels new to me, maybe because I am yet to start on my New Year resolutions. Oh wait, I don’t make resolutions anymore. Phew, dodged that one!
But a rapidly growing up, almost seven-year old (gasp!) keeps reminding me that time hasn’t stopped or slowed down, not even for a moment. It is the end of the school year and as soon as school is done, we are flying home to India for our vacation. Woo-hoo! I always get nostalgic when we plan a trip back home. I start comparing how much the little guy has grown since our last trip. It is really endearing to see it through his grandparents’ eyes too. We Skype and Whatsapp like it is no one’s business, but it is nothing like seeing loved ones in flesh and blood, hugging them close and living with them.
Every time we fly back for a short visit, my mom makes a list of Boy’s latest likes and dislikes, what foods he enjoys the most, and what others we should try to get him to eat more of. And every single time, she says that he looks different in person than on Skype. The bike that they got him on his last visit is going to need an upgrade this time. His vocabulary and wise-cracks have seen a major upgrade though, so I am sure that we will all be entertained otherwise.
I have been cooking and shooting a lot this month to see if I can schedule some posts for when I am not on the blog 24×7. I plan to do vacation-worthy things in India like sleeping in, getting pampered by mom for a change, cursing the mosquitoes and traffic like a true-blue expat because both of them seem to multiply in hordes with each passing year. But I will secretly love the rush of emotions every familiar face and landmark brings with it.
So, here’s a cool recipe for you to save for summer. I know you do not need a recipe for lemonade, but please, have you seen one so pretty? And that too in my favorite color? I am so not a winter person, the only good thing that comes out of it is Christmas. Give me summer any day, I’ll take it. I’ll pack up the blankets, open the blinds and enjoy the sunshine with a tall glass of this refreshing rosemary infused rose lemonade.
Rosemary is my favorite herb to add to beverages when I get tired of all things mint. You can very well use mint in this recipe too as it goes really well with rose. Rose syrup is a staple in our house and you will find it in Mediterranean stores or specialty food stores. A little goes a long way and you can use it in beverages, puddings, desserts and more.
- Sugar - 1 cup
- Water - 1 cup
- Fresh lemons - 4 large, juiced
- Simple syrup - 1 cup
- Cold water - 5 cups
- Rosemary - a few sprigs
- Rose syrup - 2-3 tbsp
- Ice - to serve
- Simple Syrup: Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and boil gently till sugar is dissolved completely. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Rose Lemonade: Blend together lemon juice and simple syrup. Blend in cold water or enough ice to make around 1.25 quarts (litres) and transfer to a pitcher. Instead of using a blender, you can simply stir the ingredients together in a large pitcher or jug.
- Add the rosemary sprigs and rose syrup and serve chilled over ice. Instead of adding rose syrup to the entire pitcher, you can also add 1-2 tsp of rose syrup to each glass and pour the lemonade on top.
Here’s a little gif showing you my pour action. I love that PINK!!
Raise your glasses to the almost-midyear-landmark. I’ll drink to that if that means I’ll be closer to that vacation we are supposed to take!
What is your favorite summer beverage? Do you make your own lemonade? Try this rose lemonade for a delicious and pretty drink.
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