ROSEMARY LEMONADE

4 cups water
6 sprigs (each about 5 inches long) fresh rosemary
3/4 cup sugar (or more, to taste)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3 large lemons)

Bring the water to a boil in a medium pot, and then reduce the heat so that the water barely simmers. Add the rosemary sprigs; cover and steep the rosemary for 45 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and remove the rosemary sprigs. (If necessary, strain the mixture to remove loose leaves.) Add the sugar; stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool. Put the lemon juice into a large plastic or glass container and add the cooled rosemary syrup; stir until well combined. Taste the lemonade and sweeten it with additional sugar if desired. Refrigerate until cold. Serves 2 to 4.

For an extra summery kick, garnish each serving with a sprig of fresh lemon balm or mint.

(from Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables by John Peterson)

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