Molly MacRae Monday: Wishing for Rosemary-Infused Watermelon Lemonade

Molly MacRae and continues our month-long celebration for her new Dyeing Wishes book with a fabulous recipe she is wishing for today. Yum!-Amy

On a hot day, when you’re thirsty and tired, a glass of rosemary-infused watermelon lemonade is a beautiful, delicious, refreshing treat. I haven’t made any yet this summer, for a couple of reasons, even though the weather has turned plenty hot and muggy. First, my rosemary plant died. Second, cutting up all that watermelon is a juicy, dripping, messy job. So my wish this week is for someone else to make the lemonade – and clean up afterwards. Although, you know, it really isn’t that bad, so maybe I’ll buy a new rosemary plant, and a good ripe melon . . . I’d still like someone else to clean up afterwards, but in the meantime, mmmm-mm. What’s your favorite refreshing summer drink?

Rosemary-infused Watermelon Lemonade


2 cups water

3/4 cup white sugar

1 sprig rosemary leaves, chopped

2 cups lemon juice

12 cups cubed, seeded watermelon

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.

Strain the rosemary syrup into a blender. Add a third of the lemon juice and a third of the watermelon. Cover, and puree until smooth. Pour into a pitcher.

Puree another third of the lemon juice and watermelon. Add to pitcher and repeat with last of lemon juice and watermelon.

Stir the lemonade before serving.


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