In San Francisco, our summer months are chilly but come September, we get a beautiful, warm, Indian Summer.
The past few hot days, I wanted nothing more than a cold, sweet and refreshing, lemonade. But equally, wanted that cozy, fall, fuzzy feeling you get when you think of "autumn." I'm not just talking about pumpkin spice everything... I am thinking chili, roasted veggies and poultry (don't judge, I LOVE thanksgiving), herbs and mulling spices!
So, as I sat in my hot apartment (I had every window open...) doing some work on my computer, knowing that last thing I wanted to put a "pep in my step" was a cup of hot coffee, I knew what I had to do-- I got up and into my kitchen. I concocted a bright and refreshing lemonade with a autumn twist; a slightly infused with rosemary and sweetened with maple syrup-- yum!
Side note: I am sure you have heard the term "spa water" where you infuse your plain water with fruits and herbs? Maybe you've heard from a nutritionist-fitness guru talk about how lemon in your water helps assist in hydration, weight control and metabolism? Amazing. Heres an upgrade to your plain, old water with lemon ;)
Fall Lemonade (4 servings)
- 5 large meyer lemons (or the classic)
- 1/4 cup of all natural maple syrup (splurge, its worth it)
- 4 cups of water (sparkling or still)
- springs of rosemary
- Ice cubes
- Cut your lemons in half and juice them. You may squeeze by hand or use a manual juicer. Be sure to leave out the lemon seeds!
- Add lemon juice to a medium pitcher. Then add your maple syrup. Stir until dissolved.
- Next, add your water and ice. Stir well.
- Taste test. If you want it sweeter, then add more maple syrup. Need more lemon or have extra? Squeeze away! Feeling crazy? Spike it with vodka-- I won't tell. ;)
- Serve in individual glasses with one rosemary sprig and a adorable straw.
SO, super easy it hurts your brain. Craziness, right?