Happy weekend, friends! Is it just me or was this the longest week ever? Don't ask me why, but it just seemed to drag on and on.
At times like these I used to kick back with a bottle of wine and zone out while watching reruns of Seinfeld until the pain went away (the next day was a whole nother story). But these days, I'm all about relaxing and doing something good for my body at the same time. Not only is this refined sugar-free soda recipe tasty but it's got medicinal benefits.
Say hello to more energy, lower cholesterol, a super-charged immune system, and faster healing. What store-bought soda can give you that?
And if you're feeling extra saucy, go ahead and add a dash of gin. Your secret's safe with me.
Rosemary Grapefruit Summer Soda
Rosemary and grapefruit go surprisingly well together. Something about the earthiness of the rosemary really balances out the tartness of the grapefruit. Sweeten it up with a smidge of honey and a dash of bubbles and you've got yourself a rather addictive summer drink.
Not only that but it's good for you. Here's how:
- Grapefruit - Has been shown to lower cholesterol, reverse atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and prevent cancer. It has also been proven to help you lose weight and keep it off more easily.
- Rosemary - Traditionally rosemary has been used to cure digestive problems, cough, headache, and high blood pressure. In more recent years it's been shown to decrease age-related memory loss and protect the brain from disease. It's also chock full of antioxidants and other nutrients shown to prevent various forms of cancer.
- Raw honey - Raw honey is a potent anti-inflammatory. Its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties have been shown to promote digestive health and strengthen the immune system.
3/4 c water
1/4 c raw honey
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 large grapefruits
Sanding sugar (optional)
- In a small saucepan, combine water, honey and rosemary. Bring to a boil and let simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes (keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn). Once syrup has reduced by 2/3, remove from heat and let cool.
- Juice grapefruits. Strain juice through a metal sieve to remove pulp and seeds.
- Strain water-honey syrup to remove rosemary.
- Optional: Pour sanding sugar on a small plate. Dip each glass rim in grapefruit juice followed by sanding sugar.
- Fill an 8 oz glass halfway with ice. Add 1 tbsp simple syrup and 1/2 c grapefruit juice. Fill to top with sparkling water. Stir.
- Garnish with a leftover rosemary sprig and grapefruit wedge.