This post has been sponsored by Newell Brands. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Here in Los Angeles, we have several outdoor summer music and movie venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theater, the Pasadena Pops at the Arboretum, and Cinespia cemetery movie screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, etc. where you can BYO food and drinks. I’ve already started receiving all the emails announcing the lineups, and the Mister and I have talked about which shows we want to go to this summer. All of these places offer ready-to-eat food with either restaurants, food trucks, or prepared box dinners which are great when you’re running late and don’t have time to make something, but part of the fun of going to these venues is making the effort and packing a perfect summer picnic dinner to bring to the concert! I’m sharing the recipe for a delicious and refreshing Rosemary Limeade which is great for sharing amongst a few friends at a concert picnic along with Italian Sub Sandwiches and homemade parmesan potato chips! Going to an outdoor music concert is one of our favorite things to do during the summer in Los Angeles! But it does get HOT and it’s often a long walk from the car to your seats at most of these venues (sometimes even uphill)! So bringing along a refreshing beverage is a must and it doesn’t get much better than this Rosemary Limeade! It does take a bit of effort since you have to juice several limes, but along with the help of a lime squeezer, I promise it is worth it! At most of these outdoor music or movie venues, you have to walk a long way from the car or shuttle to your seat, schlepping a picnic basket and chairs or cushions, so it’s nice to have a cold drink ready when you sit down. I like to tote my Rosemary Limeade in a bubba Trailblazer which keeps my drink colder for longer periods of time. 42 hours to be exact! Plus, it has a leak-proof lid which is attached so it cannot be lost or misplaced, and the durable carry handle makes it convenient to carry on any adventure, such as the long hike up to the Hollywood Bowl or waiting in line for a movie screening. I love that the bubba Trailblazer is 40 oz. because a larger capacity means I can serve more Rosemary Limeade for my friends! But when I’m using it for water, it allows me to continue my day uninterrupted by refills and I can stay hydrated for extended periods of time – so that means fewer refills and less interruptions during the fun!
Here’s the recipe for the Rosemary Limeade:
- 1¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 sprigs rosemary
- 1 cup lime juice (7-12 limes depending on size)
- extra rosemary sprigs for garnish
- extra lime wedges or rounds for garnish
- Create a rosemary simple syrup by combining the granulated sugar with the water along with three sprigs of rosemary over medium low heat on your stovetop. Heat until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat and strain, remove rosemary.
- While the simple syrup heats, juice your limes to make 1 cup of lime juice.
- Combine rosemary simple syrup, lime juice, and 5 cups of water in a pitcher and stir.
- Serve over ice with a lime wedge or lime circles and a sprig of rosemary as garnish.
And you can find the recipe for this Italian Sub Sandwich here. I paired it with homemade parmesan potato chips and it packs well into a cooler and makes for a lovely picnic lunch or dinner!
What is your favorite summer picnic food? Do you have a perfect potato or pasta salad? A family recipe for a tart lemonade? Let me know in a comment below!