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Sweet & tart summer cooler

My friend Andrea Young first taught me a version of this drink, and the recipe has morphed a bit since then. It is a perfect cooler for your 4th of July celebrations, or just for long, hot days. Replaces vitamins, quenches thirst, and provides gentle internal cleansing. If you are less interested in the health benefits and just want a hip new twist on the Cape Cod to serve at your party, mix vodka into this and enjoy :)

You will need:

1 bottle of unsweetened cranberry juice

3 cups of water

4 organic Meyer lemons (regular lemons work, too)

three sprigs of fresh rosemary

a sprig of fresh marjoram (optional)

honey/brown sugar to taste (optional, but recommended unless you want quite a pucker)

 

Scrub and slice your lemons into quarters, squeeze them and drop them into water (skins on.) Bring water to a boil with lid on pot. Boil for approx 10 minutes, then strain and add honey/sugar. You are basically making hot lemonade. Mix in cranberry juice. Bruise the rosemary/marjoram by gently rolling it between your hands for about 5 seconds, then drop into the warm mixture. Place the whole thing in the fridge to chill for several hours. Remove herb sprigs and serve cold. So refreshing!

(Confidential to those who tend to get bladder infections and UTI's - this drink is super-soothing and nourishing to the system when you are suffering with this uncomfortable condition.)

 

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Yeshe Rabbit is a practicing herbalist, collector of folk medicine wisdom, and herbal alchemist. Her recipes and remedies are based on everything from scientific studies to intuitive revelations and “old wives tales” that work. She teaches The Witch’s Garden herbalism classes in Oakland, California, and at her store, The Sacred Well, offers consultations in person and via telephone, and gardens by moonlight.

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