DCL Recipes: Refreshing Summer Drinks (thanks Amy Poore!)

DCL Recipes: Refreshing Summer Drinks (thanks Amy Poore!) Amy Poore

It’s time to kick back in the backyard (or anywhere comfy, really) and enjoy some cool, refreshing beverages. These are two of my favorite drink recipes.

Need a front porch-sipping drink that’s sure to please? Try this delicious, fresh squeezed lemonade. You really cannot beat lemonade that’s fresh like this, and sure, the mixes are quicker – but they’re definitely not better. And if you’re looking for a cook cocktail to enjoy, this rosemary gimlet is a classic. The rosemary simple syrup adds a wonderful flavor, and it’s oh so fragrant. 

Cheers, DCL readers! Bon appétit! 

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (5-7 lemons) 

1 1/4 cup extra-fine sugar 

4 cups water, divided 

1 cup ice. 


Put lemon juice, sugar, ice, and 2 cups of water in a blender. Blend until smooth. 

Pour in pitcher, along with the remaining water. Stir. Serve over ice. 


Rosemary Gimlet

2 oz gin 

1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice 

1 oz rosemary simple syrup (recipe below) 


Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a rosemary sprig. 


Simple Syrup 

1 cup water 

1 cup white sugar 

2 rosemary sprigs 


In a small sauce pan, bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring until dissolved, remove from heat and place rosemary in sauce pan. Let sit for 1-2 hours, remove rosemary, and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 


Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, a wife, and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at pooreamy.com.   

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