Herbal Lemonade Cocktail

    Herbal Lemonade Cocktail

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    Herbal Lemonade Cocktail

    The herbs of springtime are delicate and light as a feather. Those first tender tendrils lend our cooking and cocktails the unmistakable flavor and fragrance of freshness and greenery. Marry those clean and crisp aromas with the tartness of lemonade and you have the perfect thirst-quenching cocktail for the spring season.

    Herbs are becoming more popular in cocktails not only for their beneficial oils, but also for their favorable appearance and taste. With the urge to DIY and the desire to consume organic food as much as possible, many of us are taking advantage of growing and utilizing our own herbs.

    I find lemonade to be the quintessential drink of springtime. With my herb garden just starting to look plush, I wanted to create a drink that not only held true to the familiar notes of spring, but also spiced it up a bit. In this case, I herbed it up with the incorporation of thyme, basil, mint and rosemary.

    This is a drink you can feel good about. Thyme is known to help with cough, sore throat, arthritis, upset stomach and skin disorders. Basil helps reduce inflammation, can reverse the effects of aging and serves as an antibacterial. Mint can help with digestion and is cleansing to the palate. A relative of mint, rosemary can be used to stimulate the immune system, improve digestion, increase circulation, boost memory and act as an anti-inflammatory.

    At the end of the day, when your spring cleaning or gardening is complete and you feel satisfied with your accomplishments, sit outside, take in big breaths of fresh air then and sip on my crisp Herbal Lemonade Cocktail. It’s not too sweet, and infused with lots of herbal goodness. Cheers!

     

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    Herbal Lemonade Cocktail
    When life gives you lemons and herbs, make cocktails for your friends.
    Herbal Lemonade Cocktail
    Course Drink
    Cuisine Spring
    Servings
    cocktails
    Ingredients
    Course Drink
    Cuisine Spring
    Servings
    cocktails
    Ingredients
    Herbal Lemonade Cocktail
    Instructions
    1. Combine sugar, water and herbs in a small saucepan and simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and let it sit for awhile; the longer you let it sit, the more the flavor of the herbs will infuse into the syrup.
    2. Strain the syrup into a pitcher and add the lemon juice and vodka.
    3. Divide evenly into four highball glasses with ice. Top off each glass with club soda to taste and stir. Garnish with sprigs of herbs and lemon slices.
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    Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina, Sandi always dreamed of living on the coast. In her youth, she was always by the water; she was raised tending a big garden and stomping around in the creek. She spent her adolescent days on a Jet Ski or fishing on Lake James, N.C., and she and her friends would camp and hike the Linville Gorge. Attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte she felt like she was getting out of my small-town box and living the city life; at the same time, she was getting a little closer to the ocean. Moving to Wilmington has been a dream come true, and the life she has created has been a blessing. She enjoys kayaking the Cape Fear, fishing the shores of Carolina Beach, and picking up seashells and shark’s teeth wherever she is. At home, she loves to cook and play with her dogs in the backyard. She also enjoys DIY home improvement endeavors. No outdoor shower, fire pit or flower bed is too big of a job! Being a part of the North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine team has taught Sandi that you really can enjoy your career.

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