Rosemary Lemonade

The best lemonade recipe I've ever triedThe best lemonade ever!This just might be my favorite lemonade recipe. It's simple. It's not too sweet with a little punch of savory from the rosemary. And it's just the perfect amount of flavor to be delicious and very refreshing. And if you'd like to swap out the rosemary for, say, thyme or basil you easily can. Make it your way and get excited with me about summer!Easy and delicious lemonade recipeRosemary Lemonade, makes 5-6 servings

5-6 lemons
3-4 sprigs of rosemary
1 cup sugar
6 cups water

In a small pot combine 1 1/2 cups water with 1 cup sugar. Cook over medium heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved turn off the heat and throw in a sprig of rosemary. Allow that it sit until the water has cooled. Discard the rosemary sprig.How to make the perfect lemonadeIn the meantime extract the juice from 5 lemons. You are aiming for 1 cup of lemon juice. You may need an additional lemon, or you may need one less depending on how large your lemons are. In a pitcher combine the lemon juice, sweetened water and the remaining 4 1/2 cups (cold) water. Stir together. Serve over ice, garnished with a few lemon slices and rosemary sprigs.Refreshing rosemary lemonadeIf you're feeling naughty add a splash of bourbon. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

P.S. It's still cold where you are? Then might I suggest a Rosemary Latte instead.

  • Just tried this recipe! It’s so good! I found I needed a bit more lemon juice than what the recipe called for- I think my lemons weren’t super juicy though. I like that its just sweet enough to contrast the sourness of the lemons, and the rosemary goes really nicely too. Currently sipping on a nice cold glass of homemade lemonade with a splash of rum. Yummy!

  • I’m making this today before we go to our hometown’s baseball game! Thanks for the receipe!

  • Your pictures are beautiful and this recipe sounds delicious!


  • this looks so good that I might have to make it today–before the spring weather goes away again! lemon and basil is a great combo also.

  • Hi Emma! I featured this post as one of my favorites of the week on Lovely Llorys!

  • I absolutely love lemonade in the summer and constantly try new flavors (i LOVE blueberry!). However, I haven’t yet used rosemary- I will definitely be trying this!

    xx Kait

  • This looks so refreshing. Pinning for summer!


  • Never thought of adding cilantro. Cool! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  • It is still very cold over here in England, but I can’t wait to try this recipe… maybe I can pretend it’s sunny whilst I drink it :o)

  • I just made some and it tastes yum! The rosemary gives such an amazing zing to it!

  • I just made some and it tastes yum! The rosemary really adds an amazing flavour to it!

  • This sounds delicious! You like lavender, right? Lavender Lemonade seems like a nice combination! I think it would also be cool to freeze little sprigs of rosemary in ice cubes to put in a glass of this lemonade 🙂


  • MMM perfect during summer days! Wait them since so long!
    Lovely shots, as usual! 😉

  • This looks delightful! Definitely a drink that screams summer. My little girl is about to turn one and we want to have a party for her in our back yard. Something like this would be perfect for the occasion!

  • This sounds delicious! You like lavender, right? I think Lavender Lemonade seems like a really cool combination. I love lemonade in the Summertime!!

    Katie 🙂

  • This sounds delicious! You like lavender, right? I think Lavender Lemonade seems like a really cool combination. I love lemonade in the Summertime!!

    Katie 🙂

  • i love rosemary, and lemonade but never imagined them together! I’ll have to try it! (even though it is still cold here)
    xo, aiyanajane

  • I love rosemary simple syrup too! We made a flavor-tastic simple syrup with rosemary, dried lavender and honey for a Bee’s Knees recently. I can’t wait to try yours as bourbon lemonade though.

  • I have to give rosemary a try with something sweet. I have seen rosemary chocolate and other stuff, but cannot imagine how it should taste. This lemonade is easy to make, so I will start with this.

  • I’ve actually tasted this, and it’s so so so delicious! Thanks for reminding me.

  • I’m moving into my first home with my boyfriend in a couple of weeks and I’ve bookmarked so many of your recipes for our housewarming party! Everything you make looks so delicious!

  • Sounds delicious! I’ve never thought of putting rosemary in lemonade. Definitely will have to try as summer is quickly approaching!

  • Oh I love lemonade! This looks so refereshing! Love the photos.

  • still cold where i am but i will risk it for that delicious looking lemonade! rosemary and lemon pair SO well together!


  • MMmmMM! Homemade lemonade with a twist.

    xo Lisa

  • this is cool. Perfect to start the week with..


  • Hi and thanks for sharing this recipe for lemonade. I will try and make this for the summer. Julie

  • Love lemonade!! I will like to try strawberry lemonade, any recipe? Thanks!!!

  • Mmm I love homemade lemonade! This sounds intriguing with rosemary so will try this next time 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • It’s officially springtime here in Baltimore and this looks like the perfect way to celebrate! Ear-marking for the Gatsby party we’re throwing in a few weeks!

  • This sounds awesome! I’m all about fruit infused (esp lemons!) water and lemonade! can’t wait to try

  • That just looks ridiculously refreshing! Definitely going to to try it out 🙂

  • Fantastic! I love homemade lemonade with a passion! As soon as the weather smiles and says: ‘not tea, lemonade please’ I will make it! Thank you for sharing and warmest greetings from France.

  • OMG! this literally looks amazing. When summer comes around I’ll probably love it



  • Awesome! I have a rosemary plant and a lemon tree, so I look forward to making this when the tree starts baring lots of lemons!

  • Lemonades are the best, so tastie and refreshing! I usually do it without adding any sugar because I enjoy the sourness from the lemons and to make it completey raw. Enjoy the refreshments!! 🙂

  • You know I never make lemonade as I’m not usually that fussed by it, but this sounds lovely for a warm day… Maybe with a tot of gin for a summer BBQ drink?!

    Gemma typically.pretty.english

  • Oh i love this … and your blog!
    Im new to this what do you think of mine.

  • This looks amazing! I would have never of thought of adding rosemary to lemonade.


  • I love lemonade. Dreaming of my summer house when I see the drink 🙂

  • this sounds amazing – although my dad would run in the other direction – he has an obscene fear and disgust of rosemary – I would try this in a heartbeat!


  • This looks so yummy! Perfect for spring & summer 🙂

    Erica of

  • It is still cold in New York! Arg! One day we will be able to make lemonade. Right now we are making boozy smores…

  • This looks so delicious, I would love to make this in the summertime!


  • Lemonade is a very refresh drink :3 my favorite.

  • This sounds refreshing! I’ve only ever tried homemade lemonade once, so I might give this a try!

  • This is just perfect for the summer!
    Love this recipe!


  • This looks really good. I’ll have to try it out!

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  • Looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it out!

  • This is gorgeous. I have a big old rosemary bush in my herb garden. I think I need to make this!

    xo Emily @

  • Lovely! I am gong to try it with extra citric acid to make it a cordial to dilute and enjoy for longer.

  • Rosemary, are you sure?!

    Sounds fantastic!!

    Bundana @

  • I looove making homemade lemonade, never thought to use rosemary though!

    Juliette Laura

  • I make one with honey, rosemary, and ginger- so delish! Also good with the addition of vodka or bourbon… 🙂

  • This looks delightful! I wouldn’t have thought to combine rosemary and lemonade but it sounds like it’s a match made in heaven!


  • this looks supah delicious! I’ve been recently looking for some alternative soft drinks and now I found this! thank you so much for sharing!

  • Be still my rosemary loving heart. I recently farmed in Hawaii and we grew oodles of rosemary. People soon grew tired of me making potatoes because they are a great vehicle for getting more rosemary into my system. Now I can have it in liquid form, thankgs ABM.


  • I think I’m going to sub the bourbon for gin and have a merry ole time.

  • This sounds amazing! I love that I can use lemon and rosemary from my garden to make this. Can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing!

  • It’s freezing here, I’ll definitely try the rosemary latte! 🙂

  • This sounds amazing! Great summer drink!

  • Wow, sounds yummy! My mom plants a lot of rosemary! She’ll love this!


  • Today is the perfect day for these! Time to get some lemons!


  • That sounds delicious. I love the idea of using basil too. Pinned this to make this summer. 🙂

  • Oh, that looks really refreshing. I should try it though it`s far from heat and summer at my place.


  • Looks so wonderfully refreshing! Will be making it 🙂


  • i just made some lemon-rosemary-honey simple syrup and you’re right, the flavor combo is great…fresh with just a little savory. it’s on my blog today too!

  • Anything rosemary is my favorite!! I love making rosemary lemonade! It’s delicious!

  • This looks so delicious. I love lemonade when the weather is warm. I’m so looking forward for summer and this makes me even more excited. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Oh what a wonderful recipe. I wish i wasn’t allergic to citrus


  • This just makes me want summer to come! Skip spring, want summer. Just the sound of the ice cubes makes me smile 🙂

  • looks amazing! i have fresh rosemary growing in my yard and am always looking for new ways to use it :).

  • Heat is not coming any time soon to Germany, but I’m going to keep this recipe for our Summer in the south of Spain!
    Thanks girls!

  • You should try Mint too or even Apple juice and Mint – completely refreshing!

  • Sounds refreshing! Love the pitcher – what a great idea to hold back the lemon pieces or rosemary from pouring into the glass with the lemonade. Where did you purchase that?

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