Fresh herbs and fresh lemon work hand-in-glove to create this ultra-tasty mocktail cooler. Of course, nothing says you can't turn this refreshing mocktail into a cocktail with a shot of vodka, gin, tequila, or rum!
Note that Meyer lemons are delicious here, but if you use them be sure to add the sugar gradually - you will likely use far less since Meyers are sweeter and less acidic than other lemons.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: Makes about 4 servings
- 4 - 6 lemons (or as many needed for 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups fresh water
- Sprig of fresh rosemary
- Fresh mint leaves
- Juice the lemons and set the juice aside.
- Put the sugar, 1/2 cup of the water, and the rosemary in a small saucepan. Heat to a simmer and cook until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour into a measuring cup or metal bowl to let cool. Fish out the rosemary sprig and discard it.
- Combine the lemon juice, 1/3 cup of the rosemary sugar syrup, and the remaining water. Stir to combine and taste. Add more sugar syrup to taste.
- Muddle or smash fresh mint leaves into 4 glasses, add ice, and pour in the cooler. Garnish with more mint leaves, if you like.