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Lemon Verbena Lemonade


Grown-up lemonade with a hint of floral lemon verbena: your new favorite cocktail. Lemon verbena can be difficult to track down (though it’s easy to grow). It makes wonderful tisanes and ice creams, too.

Makes 8

for the lemon verbena simple syrup:

1 cup sugar

½ cup agave nectar

½ cup packed lemon verbena leaves

for the cocktail:
1½ cups vodka

1½ cups fresh lemon juice

1¼ cups lemon verbena simple syrup

2 cups sparkling water

1. To make the lemon verbena simple syrup: Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the agave is dissolved, turn off the heat, cover, and let infuse for at least 1 hour. Once cooled to room temperature, store in the fridge until ready to use.

2. To make the cocktail, combine all the ingredients in a pitcher, stir well, and place in the fridge to chill.

3. To serve, pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish each with a small sprig of lemon verbena.