Spiked-Gin Lemonade for a Simple Labor Day Soirée

With Labor Day just around the corner, it’s evident that we need to talk about cocktails. This is summer’s last hurrah! It’s your last three-day weekend for a while, so enjoy every last sip of it.

Try my take on Marcella's Rosemary-Infused Lemonade to get the party started. This cocktail would make the perfect addition to your party, whether it's a huge pool party with all of your friends or a casual late-afternoon barbecue on the back patio. Either way, this lemonade makes perfect sense.

So go ahead — whip up a batch or two and have a ball with your closest local pals before school goes back into full gear and fall sets in.

2 small sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more for serving (optional)
Kosher salt
1 cup fresh lemon juice or more to taste
1/2 cup agave nectar, or other natural sweetener, or more to taste
2 cups sparkling water
1/2 – ¾ cup gin

Bring six cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from the heat, then add the rosemary and a pinch of salt. Cover and steep for 30 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and cool to room temperature.

Stir the lemon juice, agave nectar and 2 cups cold sparkling water into the same pitcher. Add more lemon juice or agave nectar to taste. Add the gin and stir. Serve over ice with more rosemary and/or lemon slices, if desired.

Gaby Dalkin is a chef, photographer/food stylist, enthusiastic traveler and guacamole fanatic. She is the founder of What’s Gaby Cooking , where she showcases her simple and sassy recipes that feature whichever ingredients she is currently obsessing over. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Thomas, and her cat, Stella.

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