Here in Connecticut we have has a holiday weekend filled with hot muggy days, I even burnt my shoulders at the parade on Monday and we were only there with the pups for over an hour. We may just be a little state but our winters are cold and believe me our summers can be scorchers as well.
There is nothing I love more on a hot day and tons and tons of water, and when my taste buds are hurting for some kind of flavor, I switch to my favorite... lemonade.
Freshly-made lemonade had such a nice bite to it with the subtle sweetness from the agave nectar or simple syrup without all the over processed sugars that make you feel dehydrated. Sipping on a sparkling lemonade when the trips are above 80 degrees cools and relaxes me and makes me feel like I am being treated to an afternoon cocktail on a beach somewhere. Wouldn't that be nice.
I also was gifted a soda maker this past Christmas from my cousin and it has come in so handy, I love it. They are great for making your own sodas or in this case just some non flavored sparkling water.
The possibilities are endless.
Makes 5 1/2 cups
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
4 cup sparkling water
5-6 sprigs of fresh Rosemary, for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher, adding in a few freshly squeezed rinds of the lemons. Stir to combine and serve over ice with a spring of rosemary for garnish.
Rosemary Simple Syrup Recipe
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 springs of rosemary
Stir together first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into a cruet or airtight container, discarding rosemary sprigs. Cover and chill 4 hours. Garnish, if desired. Syrup may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month.
Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeño
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