Ginger Lemonade Collins with Lillet + Rosemary

Lemonade is perfect for summer picnics and barbecues, and since we're a couple weeks shy of the 4th this a pretty dreamy cocktail to mix up for friends. 

As a rule, I don't do gin. Or so I thought! Everyone has their liquor that turns their stomach or they had that one bad experience with, and that is mine without a doubt. Which is sad because summer is the season of gin and tonics and so many delicious drinks that I want to love have gin involved. My rule was shattered by this ginger lemonade collins. The gin isn't an overly strong flavor and the lemonade concentrate balances it out. We used Tanqueray Rangpur, which is a little bit limey and marries well with the ginger. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a lemon wheel and you have the prettiest drink at the party. 

Ginger Lemonade Collins with Lillet + Rosemary
makes 1 drink

1 oz gin
3 oz Lillet Blanc
1 oz ginger lemonade concentrate (recipe below)
1 sprig rosemary
1 lemon, sliced into wheels
sparkiling water

In a collins glass filled with ice, combine gin, Lillet, and ginger lemonade concentrate. Stir until combined and top with sparkling water. To serve, finish with rosemary sprig and lemon wheel. 

Ginger Lemonade Concentrate
1/3 cup ginger, peeled and chopped
2 tbs honey
2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups water

In a kettle over high heat, bring water to a boil. When boiling, pour over ginger and honey. Stir to combine and let steep 30 minutes. After steeping, strain liquid into a container and add lemon juice. Stir to combine and chill.