Ginger Rosemary Lemonade Cocktail

Ginger Rosemary Lemonade Cocktail

This variation on classic lemonade is meant for easygoing afternoons and evenings in the sun. We start with a traditional lemonade recipe, spice it up a little, and then add a dash of liquor for an edge. Of course, you can easily omit it for a non-alcoholic bevvie.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 8 springs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 6 Limoneira lemons
  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • 1 Limoneira lemon sliced


  • You’ll need the juice of all lemons, and the zest of two for this recipe.
  • Slice the ginger as thinly as possible.
  • Add half the water (2 cups) to a pot, along with the ginger slices, lemon juice and zest, and fresh rosemary.
  • Stir in the maple syrup as you heat the mixture at a medium high setting.
  • When the syrup is dissolved, cover and lower the heat. Let it simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, and let it cool to room temperature naturally.
  • Use a strainer to remove the fresh thyme, lemon zest and ginger slices.
  • Stir in the rest of the water and the bourbon.
  • Divide between four glasses with ice, topping each with a splash of sparkling water and a lemon slice.


Note: 1) You’ll need about 6 medium or 4 large lemons for the amount of juice. 2) You can substitute coconut sugar for the maple syrup if you like. You’ll have to stir a little longer until the sugar is dissolved as it heats.
Keyword herbs, Lemons
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