This is a recipe I created in an effort to duplicate my favorite lemonade from a cafe in downtown L.A. called, well, 'Lemonade'. I don't like it too sweet, so if you want to add more sugar, cool. But I think that this recipe is perfect. It also makes a great martini served in a sugar-rimmed glass with a garnish of watermelon wedge and a twist of lemon! Simply fabulous!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir in the rosemary, and set aside to steep for 1 hour.

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  • Place half of the lemon juice, and half of the watermelon into a blender. Strain the rosemary syrup through a mesh strainer into the blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Strain into a pitcher, then puree the remaining lemon juice and watermelon. Stir the lemonade before serving over ice.

Nutrition Facts

156.3 calories; 1.6 g protein; 41.2 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 4.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2008
Wow! This is excellent - and loved by 4 teenage boys too. Got busy and ended up leaving my rosemary steeping for about 3 hours instead of 1 - which turned out fine. Tip: 1 largish baby 'seedless' watermelon makes almost exactly 12 cups of cubed melon - and you don't have to seed it. I'm sure fresh lemon juice would be best but after squeezing forever to get 1 cup I supplemented the rest with bottled lemon (I told you I need a citrus press MisterByrd take note). Tastes fantastic! A bit time consuming but fun for every once in a while. Thanks!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2010
This was just OK in my opinion. I liked it better after it sat for a bit. I could not detect any rosemary flavor at all which is what I was interested in tasting. All I really got was somewhat of a bitter taste from the lemons. If you are not into tart flavor add more sugar than called for. I was wishing I had added a bit more. Don't think I would go out of my way to make this again but it is a good way to use of a lot of watermelon quickly if you need to. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2008
Wow! This is excellent - and loved by 4 teenage boys too. Got busy and ended up leaving my rosemary steeping for about 3 hours instead of 1 - which turned out fine. Tip: 1 largish baby 'seedless' watermelon makes almost exactly 12 cups of cubed melon - and you don't have to seed it. I'm sure fresh lemon juice would be best but after squeezing forever to get 1 cup I supplemented the rest with bottled lemon (I told you I need a citrus press MisterByrd take note). Tastes fantastic! A bit time consuming but fun for every once in a while. Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2008
Wow! This is excellent - and loved by 4 teenage boys too. Got busy and ended up leaving my rosemary steeping for about 3 hours instead of 1 - which turned out fine. Tip: 1 largish baby 'seedless' watermelon makes almost exactly 12 cups of cubed melon - and you don't have to seed it. I'm sure fresh lemon juice would be best but after squeezing forever to get 1 cup I supplemented the rest with bottled lemon (I told you I need a citrus press MisterByrd take note). Tastes fantastic! A bit time consuming but fun for every once in a while. Thanks!! Read More
(60)
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2009
This was a nice lemonade. But next time I will squeeze juice from watermelon for the perfect lemonade texture. Be sure to refregirate this lemonade a few hours or overnight before serving it will be much better. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2010
This was just OK in my opinion. I liked it better after it sat for a bit. I could not detect any rosemary flavor at all which is what I was interested in tasting. All I really got was somewhat of a bitter taste from the lemons. If you are not into tart flavor add more sugar than called for. I was wishing I had added a bit more. Don't think I would go out of my way to make this again but it is a good way to use of a lot of watermelon quickly if you need to. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2009
A very interesting change from the typical lemonade. Even my family (who don't typically welcome 'different' recipes) enjoyed this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2010
Only one person out of 10 didn't like it! A little too bitter for me but still good. I wish I had chilled the glasses though. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2011
I LOVED this. It was so unique and refreshing and a bit floral. If it were just me I'd give it 5 stars. However I made it for a party and only about half my guests liked it. So I don't know if I'd make something this unique for a mixed crowd again. But I will thoroughly enjoy the half pitcher that's left from the party. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2011
This drink is delicious! Very refreshing and the flavors work so well together. Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2009
Tastes great. A little labor intensive. But well worth the work. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2009
I was so happy to find this as I've been craving it! The recipe is amazing I used a full cup of sugar and about 6 sprigs of rosemary. A little messy but totally yummy! Read More
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