Turn your ordinary lemonade into something special!
This simple recipe adds a subtle savory twist to a favorite warm weather drink. The crisp, clean refreshing taste of Italian limonata (lemonade) will cool you off and add a splash of sparkle to any occasion.
This recipe makes 2-3 servings. I usually double the recipe, as the simple syrup keeps well in the refrigerator.
- 1 cup fresh rosemary sprigs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 cup cold sparkling water (Pelligrino or Blue Italy)
- In a small saucepan, prepare a simple syrup by combining the rosemary, sugar and water. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat, let cool.
- After the mixture has cooled, remove the rosemary sprigs and strain if necessary. Transfer to another container. Store the simple syrup in the refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks.
To prepare the limonata:
Mix the lemon juice with the simple syrup and sparkling water.
To serve, fill 2-3 glasses with ice, pour in the limonata and garnish with lemon slice and a fresh rosemary sprig. You may also enjoy Basil Limonata.