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For these homemade lemon-drop cocktails, infuse lemonade with fresh rosemary and ginger and mix with citron vodka for a sweet-and-tart warm weather drink.

Dory Ford
This Story Originally Appeared On sunset.com

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Credit: Lisa Romerein

Recipe Summary

total:
30 mins
Yield:
Makes 8 drinks
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Make lemon concentrate: In a medium saucepan, bring 2/3 cup sugar, ginger, 5-in. rosemary sprigs, and 2 1/2 cups water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Let steep at room temperature 20 minutes. Strain into a medium bowl, discarding rosemary and ginger, and stir in lemon juice.

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  • Pour remaining 2/3 cup sugar onto a plate. Slice 2 thin slices from lemon and quarter the slices. Insert a 1 1/2-in. rosemary sprig through center of each quarter. With a wedge cut from remaining lemon, moisten the rims of 8 cocktail glasses. Twist rims gently in sugar to coat.

  • Fill a large pitcher half-full with ice cubes. Pour in vodka and lemon concentrate and stir vigorously. Strain into glasses, dividing evenly. Float a rosemary-skewered lemon quarter in each.

  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Chef's Notes

For a nonalcoholic ginger lemonade, increase the water in the concentrate to 3 cups and the sugar to 3/4 cup. Concentrate may be kept, covered and chilled, up to 1 week.

Source

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California

Nutrition Facts

206 calories; protein 0.4g; fat 0.1g; carbohydrates 30g; sodium 1.7mg.
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