Can we just spare a moment and talk about the crazy rain in Mumbai over the last few days? Grey skies, a rained-in weekend, and Dad’s struggles with his health… Yep, it’s been a bit gloomy around me, and it’s not just the weather that’s to blame! Re-visiting something as old, familiar and simple as lemonade is just so comforting at times like these when I feel overwhelmed. And guess what? There were bursts of sunshine just as I was making this lemonade!
Adding a dash of savouriness to lemonade, maybe just a hint of salt, is totally common. But I’d never ventured far enough to adding some herbs to my lemonade. I’d stumbled upon the idea of adding rosemary sprigs while glancing through Bountiful, and bookmarked it immediately. It seemed like the perfect little twist- the familiar, with just a hint of something new.
I started out with adding just two little sprigs of rosemary as the book suggested, but my taste buds demanded a bit more herbi-ness by the time I was done cooling this lemonade in the refrigerator. So I ended up doubling the sprigs of rosemary to four, but really, this is lemonade, play with the flavours as you go!
That’s my Mommy’s hardworking hand you see in these pictures. We’ve got freshly squeezed lemon juice to top up the ice and rosemary, and I’ll have quantities for you at the end of this post, but feel free to tinker with them.
Next in, simple syrup! This water and sugar mixture is really handy to have around. It sweetens up this lemonade and I’ve used it to make this Margarita too. If you’re looking to make some from scratch, I have this recipe for Simple Syrup
Top it up with water, give it a good stir, adjust the flavours…
… and we’re ready to drink up!
Recipe adapted from Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden