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Honey, Ginger Sparkling Lemonade with Rosemary

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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


Your liquor of choice. We recommend bourbon or vodka.


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. 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.

Originally posted here

Written by Anna Brones

June 6, 2012 at 12:57

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  1. Must make. High West Distillery in Park City (where I live) has a bourbon lemonade that I dream about. This looks like it might be a solid rival. Thanks!

    the usual bliss

    June 6, 2012 at 13:38

    • Well, bourbon does tend to make any drink better… but this one is good without it too!


      June 6, 2012 at 15:22

      • Printed it and looking forward to trying it! Thank you! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed, as well.

        the usual bliss

        June 6, 2012 at 17:30

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  3. It looks nice .


    June 6, 2012 at 18:12

  4. Yum! The rosemary is a masterful touch. Sigh. How I dream of summer, here in the wintery Southern Hemisphere…


    June 6, 2012 at 22:41

  5. Yum! I love the sounds of this drink. I bet it would be pretty good with gin in there too!


    June 7, 2012 at 02:46

    • Ooh, I bet it would!


      June 7, 2012 at 07:33

  6. This looks great!


    June 7, 2012 at 18:59

  7. Wow! What a concoction. Wouldn’t have even thought of making this myself!


    June 8, 2012 at 12:19

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  10. I love the addition of rosemary in your drinks! What made you think to add that? Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Just happened to have some laying around and decided it would be a delicious addition!


      June 10, 2012 at 12:28

  11. This sounds wonderful. I’d like to make it, especially as it includes ginger. By the way, at what stage do you add the ginger? You don’t say.


    June 10, 2012 at 10:23

    • Add it in once the honey has dissolved 🙂


      June 10, 2012 at 12:25

  12. Very interesting. I’ve never thought to pair rosemary with ginger. I’ll give this a try.

    Recovered Baptist

    June 10, 2012 at 21:09

  13. We will try this nice drink… Even for using suger, we can choose honey as you. Smart idea…


    June 11, 2012 at 12:58

  14. it’s a wonderful article, please continue post the interesting writing! thank you.

    Paper cup making machine

    June 11, 2012 at 22:17

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