A favorite summertime event is the Midsummer Herbfest. Each year Savvy Company is involved as the host of the ever popular Chef Cook-off where 3 restaurant chefs battle are put to the task of creating a dish featuring the International Herb of the Year. This year, the Rose, was the special ingredient.
The chefs made simple and elaborate recipes that can be found on www.herbfest.ca. Here is a new twist on a lemonade to serve as you unwind on the patio, on the cottage dock or when you fire up the BBQ.
Archer’s Hard Lemonade
Chef Chris Archer
Tennessy Willems – Ottawa’s popular wood oven pizza place
juice of six lemons
2 cups white sugar
3 cups water
1 vanilla bean
- Dissolve sugar in water and add to lemon juice.
- Split the vanilla bean length wise and scrape out the seeds and add to the lemonade.
- Put the empty pod aside.
- Whisk in the seeds in the lemonade and strain into pitcher.
- Chill until cold.
To make the drink, fill a tall glass with ice and add the following:
½ oz Lychee Liqueur
4 oz Lemonade
one half of the scraped vanilla pod to stir with
slice of lemon
half a dozen or so fresh Canadian raspberries
¾ oz rose water
then drizzle ½ oz Chambord into the lemonade