Rosemary, Cinnamon, Honey Lemonade

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About: Hi everybody! I'm Filippo from Bologna, Italy! My friends call me Orso (Bear) :) I follow Instructables since 2009, and it has always been one of my favourite websites. I've bulit a lot of fantastic things t...

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Hi dear friends!

This is Filippo from Italy!

I've already talked a lot about my passion for rosemary in one of my first Instructables, and today I'm here with a new recipe for using again my favorite spice!

The good thing about rosemary, it's that its particular flavor can be used in salty or sweet recipes, or even in drinks! This special lemonade is an example.

Inspired by the new #mikehacks contest, I'm going to show you an easy way to create a unique, original lemonade, different from usual drinks!

Let's go.

Step 1: What You Need

The ingredients' list is very simple:

  • 5 big lemons (mine are from Puglia, South Italy :D)
  • 4-5 stems of fresh rosemary
  • Grinded cinnamon
  • 1.5 liters (50.70oz) of bottled mineral water
  • Organic honey

Other tools and equipment:

  • A big jar
  • A squeezer (electric or manual)
  • Knife, spoon
  • Pot

As you can see, nothing special!

Let's move on.

Step 2: Juicy!

Start by cutting the lemons in half with a long knife.

Don't scratch your eyes while cutting lemons!!! I've learned it the hard way XD

Then, squeeze all the juice you can with your squeezers.

My beloved Kenwood blender has a special accessory, which transform it in a electric and powerful squeezer. Very useful!

At the end, you should have from 400ml to 600ml of fresh, 100% pure lemon juice!

Pour it in the jar, you can help yourselves with a funnel, like I did.

Step 3: Prepare the Water

The next step consist in boiling the bottled water.

Why, you ask? Two reasons:

  • help the melting of honey and cinnamon
  • extract the essence from the rosemary

So, start by pouring the water in a pot, with a strong fire under it.

When the water is hot (but still not boiling!), add 3 big spoons of organic honey!

If you like your lemonade more sweet, add a 4th spoon.

Mix everything until it's homogeneous.

When the water starts boiling, it's time to add 2-3 stem of rosemary to the mix.

This step is fundamental to add that special flavor to our lemonade!

Boil everything for nothing more than 3 minutes!

We want a drink, not a broth.

Stop the fire and pour a full spoon of cinnamon into the hot water, and then mix everything until you have a light brow mixture.

Wait for the mix to be at room temperature.

Step 4: Mix Your Lemonade

Now, it's time to remove the boiled rosemary.

It look like an algae, now! :D

It's not a good idea leaving a boiled, squishy plant inside a fresh lemonade.

So, we are replacing the cooked one with a new, fresh stem of rosemary, that we can put directly into the jar with lemons juice.

Now, take you mix (be sure it's at room temperature!) and pour it into the jar.

You can always get a help from the funnel! ;)

Stir the drink with a long spoon for a minute or two.

Then, let it rest in the fridge for some hours.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!

After some hours of fridge, your special lemonade is ready!

Enjoy this new taste, feel the rosemary in the background and the strong lemons flavor on your tongue!

Refreshing and thirst quenching!

This lemonade has a very strong flavor, due to the high amount of lemon juice.

It's also very healthy, because the only sugar we are putting in is from honey!

Also, you can transform it:

fill a mug with your drink and microwave it for 2 minutes. Now you have a purifying and digestive tea!

I hope you like this recipe, and get the most out of summer!

Like always, from Italy, this is Filippo!

Ciao a tutti! :D

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    Vovere

    3 years ago on Introduction

    THAT, my friend, sound so tasty! I aggree with you about rosemary, it is the greatest sice, but lemonade, never thought of it. Thank you for the idea :)

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    DarthorsoVovere

    Reply 3 years ago

    It's my pleasure Vovere! :)

    Thank you for visitng my guide

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    BayRatt

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I like all 4 flavours, but I would never think of putting them together! I will have to try this... I have 2 out of three... just no honey & not enough lemons... will have to get some! :-)

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    DarthorsoBayRatt

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Great BayRatt (nice nick & profile pic! :D)! I'm sure you'll like it ^_^ Try it hot, too. It's a very nice lemon tea!

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    BayRattDarthorso

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I just made this. It's delicious! It feels like the flavours should be stronger, but I guess because they are all strong flavours, they actually play well together.
    Your lemons must be juicier or bigger than mine because after 8 lemons, I only had 300ml of juice, but it still turned out pretty well. I will try it again! I've read recipes where you can puree up the entire lemon (except seeds) and strain the juice out of that, so I might give that a go.

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    DarthorsoBayRatt

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Great, I'm so glad you liked it! :D

    Yes, I've found this really big lemons from south Italy, thery are literally enormous! And they're not the biggest one I've seen so far!

    If you want to make the rosemary flavor stronger, just add some extra stems and boil everything for a couple more minutes. This should do the trick.

    Thank you again dear Bayratt! :)

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    radiograf

    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is excellent, I added the zest of 3 of the lemons to the boiling water for extra lemoneness, then I filtered it using a coffee filer.

    I'm looking forward to making this hot in the winter with nutmeg and ginger, should keep the colds at bay!

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    Darthorsoradiograf

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Great one! Yeah, hot is really good, it helpled me clear my throat ;)

    I'm glad you liked it radiograf! :)

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    Darthorsocustomrobo

    Reply 4 years ago on Step 5

    It's different from classical lemonades!

    Me and my sister love it! 'cause we love the sour, spicy flavor. It's different for my girlfriend, who loves sweety things ^^

    It worths a try, I find it very refreshing and thirst quenching. It's also good for the immune system thanks to the high amount of Vitamin C. More than 1/4 of this drink is pure lemon juice!

    Thanks for your support, my friend! :D