The last tailgating recipe we are featuring is surrounding the tradition of Auburn University. Toomer’s is at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and College Street and has been an Auburn tradition since 1896. Hanging over this corner are the famous, huge oak trees which commonly get “rolled” with toilet paper anytime anything good happens surrounding Auburn such as a football win!
Toomer’s Drugs is famous for their delicious lemonade! It is fresh pressed and perfectly sweet. Since our office has a connection to Auburn, we thought this would be the perfect tailgating recipe to finish off our series. A few of our staff members are Auburn alum, many are Auburn fans, and a few of our children are current Auburn students so you can see why this lovely village on the plains is near and dear to our hearts.
In this sweet tailgating treat, sugar, vanilla bean, and rosemary sprigs combine to create the perfect combination of flavors.
- 1½ cups sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split
- 3 small fresh rosemary sprigs
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups fresh lemon juice (about 26 to 30 lemons)*
- Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs, lemon slices (optional)
- Combine sugar, vanilla bean, 3 small fresh rosemary sprigs, and water in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a light boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool 30 minutes.
- Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids.
- Stir in fresh lemon juice.
- Cover and chill 3 to 48 hours.
- Stir just before serving over ice. Garnish, if desired.
- **3 (7.5-oz.) containers frozen lemon juice, thawed, may be substituted.
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*Recipe and photo Courtesy of Oxmoor House.