Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade

A gorgeous beverage for any party and a good alternative to juleps for those who don’t care for bourbon.
By Dianna Muscari

Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade

Lemonade already conjures images in my mind of lazy afternoons, porch swings, and beautiful plantation homes, so it just made sense to make this drink for an occasion that’s steeped in Southern tradition. Plus, with most of your spring herb gardens in full bloom {Totally jealous. I’m a natural plant killer.}, you’ll need some recipes that use up all of that rosemary.

Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade
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A gorgeous beverage for any party and a good alternative to juleps for those who don’t care for bourbon.
Recipe Type: Drink, adapted from Southern Living
Serves: 6
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups fresh lemon juice {18-20 lemons} OR 7.5 ounces thawed frozen lemon juice
  1. Combine sugar, vanilla bean, rosemary and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat slightly and let simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let steep until slightly cooled, 10-15 minutes, pressing on the solids from time to time.
  3. In a large pitcher, pour lemon juice and syrup mixture, straining with a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids. Mix well.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until cold.
  5. Stir and serve over ice.
  6. Garnish with lemon and rosemary sprigs if desired.
Dianna Muscari

Dianna Muscari

Dianna Muscari blogs about her cooking and antics on The Kitchen Prep. A self-taught cook and baker, Dianna shares with her readers the messes and successes she encounters in the kitchen. Along with her recipes - which range from healthy to hearty to downright decadent - Dianna shares anecdotes about life, marriage, travel, and living in Florida. Her conversational writing style draws you into her kitchen for a meal and a laugh as she navigates through life one recipe at a time.

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Originally Published: May 7, 2013

One Response to Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade

  1. venyikhusoh Reply

    May 15, 2013 at 2:35 am


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