When life gives you lemons, make a cocktail!  That’s always been my motto.

To celebrate our unseasonably warm temperatures in Palm Springs, I decided it was time to make my version of lemonade, with an adult twist or two.  This drink is refreshing, light and great for entertaining or a leisurely afternoon by the pool.  The natural sweetness of the Meyer Lemon is enhanced with Rosemary Simple Syrup, and a good splash of Gin. 


Meyer Lemon Aide

1 ½ ounces freshly squeezed Meyer Lemon juice

1 ½ ounces Rosemary Simple Syrup (see below link)

1 ½ ounces Gin (I prefer Bombay Sapphire for this cocktail)

1 lemon slice for garnish


Place ingredients (except ice) in a cocktail shaker and lightly stir.

Fill glass with ice and pour mixture over it. 

Garnish with lemon slice.

This recipe was inspired by Heidi Swanson’s Blood Orange Sparkler.  To make the Blood Orange Sparkler, substitute Blood Orange juice for the Meyer Lemon juice.

Rosemary Simple Syrup – from Heidi Swanson 101 Cookbooks:

2 Cups Water

2 Cups Sugar

2 Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

1 Bay Leave (optional, but recommended)

Combine the sugar and water in a pan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rosemary sprigs and bay leave and let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let infuse for 10 minutes. When cool, transfer to a storage container and refrigerate.