Spiked Lemonade with Cucumber & Rosemary

My dad and I were browsing the other day looking for some inspiration for a summery drink. I suggested an adult spiked lemonade.  We got to talking and I mentioned a recipe I had found a while back that I base my summer lemonade or limeade on.  

Spiked Cucumber & Rosemary Lemonade 

3 Large Cucumbers 

1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Rosemary

1 Cup of Seltzer 

6 Ounces of Vodka or Gin ( I prefer gin)

3 Large Lemons ( Juiced)

3 Tablespoons of Agave Nectar 

Cut 12 slices of cucumber and set aside for garnish 

Peel and chop the remaining cucumber and put in food processor, add rosemary and puree until smooth.  ( If you have a juicer- feel free to juice or pulverize for a smoother liquified finish.    Pour the puree through a mesh strainer ( you can substitute cheesecloth) 

Set over a medium bowl and add water, alcohol, lemon and agave.  Stir until agave is dissolved and divide among 4-5 ice filled glasses or martini glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices and a sprig of rosemary! 



Julia’s Gluten…

Julia’s Gluten Free Low Cal Eggplant Stacks   

1 Large Eggplant sliced into rounds 

1 1/2 Cup of Italian Style Gluten Free Bread Crumbs

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil to Coat Eggplant

1 Cup of 1% Milk 

2 Whole Heirloom Tomatos sliced in rounds 

2 Hand Rolled Mozzarella Knots

Salt & Pepper to taste 

Preheat oven to 350 on the Roast Setting.  Slice Eggplant into quarter inch thick slices, dip in Milk and Gluten Free Italian Style Bread Crumbs and lay on an oiled pan.  Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes ( flip at the halfway point) Slice two tomatoes and 2 knots of Fresh Mozzarella into rounds; set aside.  

Once the eggplant has roasted, lay tomato on top and pop back in the oven for another 5-8 minutes.  Lay the mozzarella slices on top of the tomato and place in the oven for another 5 minutes ( watch this carefully as you want the cheese melted but not gooey)  

Once everything is cooked layer one eggplant stack on top of another and lay a fresh leaf of basil on top and skewer and serve.