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Rosemary Lemonade

A friend suggested I add a sprig of rosemary to lemonade. The herb makes the drink taste fresh and light, and it's a pretty garnish. —Dixie Graham, Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings (1 cup each)


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1-1/4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cups cold water
  • Ice cubes
  • Additional lemon slices and fresh rosemary sprigs, optional


  • In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil; add rosemary sprigs. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10 minutes.
  • Remove and discard rosemary. Stir in sugar and honey until dissolved. Transfer to a pitcher; refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice; stir in cold water. Serve over ice. If desired, top with additional lemon slices and rosemary sprigs.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 121 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Corey
    Jun 28, 2020

    Delicious! I doubled up on the rosemary and reduced the cold water to 4 cups to make the flavors a bit stronger. I thought the balance between sweet and tart was perfect this way. I’d definitely make this again, it was an easy way to spruce up a summer staple! I’d also highly recommend trying this with any other herbs that pair well with lemon (e.g. thyme, lavender, sage) for a drink that’s interesting, but not intrusive.

  • Cheryl
    Jun 1, 2019

    Very refreshing! I cut back on the sugar as we like the tartness of the lemon. It's great sipping out the porch on a hot summer day!

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Apr 26, 2018

    My family likes rosemary so this drink is a hit with us. It is refreshing. I used bottled lemon juice and it turned out great.