Photo: Ralph Anderson; Buffy Hargett
Hands-on Time
40 Mins
Total Time
4 Hours 10 Mins
Makes 6 cups

This is exceptional when made with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine sugar, vanilla bean, 3 small fresh rosemary sprigs, and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a light boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool 30 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in fresh lemon juice. Cover and chill 3 to 48 hours. Stir just before serving over ice. Garnish, if desired.

Step 2

* 3 (5-oz.) containers frozen lemon juice, thawed, may be substituted.

Little Savannah Restaurant, Birmingham, Alabama

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