Rosemary Peach Lemonade

  • 1½ cups peach nectar
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1¼ cups rosemary simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

In a 2-quart container, combine peach nectar, water, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Stir well. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled before serving. Yields 5¾ cups, or 4 servings.

Rosemary Simple Syrup:

  • 1⅓ cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 (5-inch) stalks fresh rosemary

Combine water, sugar, and rosemary in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour syrup through a fine-mesh strainer into a container to remove rosemary stalks and leaves. Let syrup cool, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Yields 1¾ cups.

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