Summer Recipes: Rosemary Lemonade

Refresh your summer guests with rosemary lemonade.
Refresh your summer guests with rosemary lemonade. (Courtesy A Beautiful Mess)

Note: Thanks to the lovely ladies – Elsie and Emma – of “A Beautiful Mess” for this recipe. Please visit their blog, A Beautiful Mess, for more recipes, decor and great photography.

It’s just not summer without lemonade, is it? But if you have a flair for the bold, sophisticated and unique, why settle for that plain-old lemonade recipe you’ve been using for years? After all, you’ve taken the time to make your beach house or summer home one-of-a-kind – the things you enjoy inside it should reflect that passion and creativity!

Surprise and impress the guests at your beach house this summer with this great recipe for rosemary lemonade, a savory-and-sweet take on a summer classic. It’s simple to make, and sure to please.

(If you’re not a huge fan of rosemary, the same recipe can be executed using mint or thyme. And for you adults out there looking for a splash of something “extra”, why not try adding a touch of bourbon to spice things up?)

Rosemary Lemonade

This recipe creates 5-6 servings.


  • 5-6 lemons
  • 3-4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water


  1. In a small pot, combine 1 1/2 cups water with 1 cup sugar. Cook over medium heat and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Once the sugar has dissolved turn off the heat and throw in a sprig of rosemary. Allow it to sit until the water has cooled. Discard the rosemary sprig when cooled.
  3. In the meantime, extract the juice from 5 lemons. You are aiming for 1 cup of lemon juice. You may need an additional lemon, or you may need one less depending on how large your lemons are.
  4. In a pitcher, combine the lemon juice, sweetened water and the remaining 4 1/2 cups (cold) water. Stir together. Serve over ice, garnished with a few lemon slices and rosemary sprigs.
  5. Enjoy!

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