Thyme For Lemonade
Updated: Oct 1
The heat is on, Summer came in like a fire-breathing dragon and doesn't look like it will be letting up anytime soon. We will have a tough row to hoe until Fall arrives, which in Florida means sometime around Thanksgiving if we are lucky. In the meantime, we need to sit a spell and cool off.
What better way to cool off then sipping some freshly made lemonade. This simple recipe fills the bill, and the thyme provides a balance an earthiness, which helps to cut the acidity. You substitute other herbs if you like, they all add a uniqueness to the flavor. A favorite variation here is making an Arnold Palmer; half ice tea, half lemonade. This recipe is an excellent base for creating numerous variations of adult beverages as well. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination, and willingness to think outside the box.
Thyme Infused Lemonade
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 fresh thyme bunch, tied, about ½ inch in diameter, plus extra for garnish
1.5 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
7-8 cups water
In a saucepan stir together the sugar and 1 cup of water until blended. There will still be sugar visible in the bottom of the pan. Over medium-high heat bring water and sugar to a simmer and add thyme. Bring to a boil, occasionally stirring, just until sugar has dissolved. You will notice the liquid begins to slightly thicken, remove from heat, allow to cool at room temperature. Once the thyme-infused simple syrup is cooled, pour the mixture through a strainer into a container, discard thyme. Cover, and refrigerate until chilled.
In pitcher or bottle, mix together lemon juice, water, and chilled infused syrup. Start with a lesser amount of water, add more too taste. Pour over ice into glasses for individual servings, garnish with fresh thyme.
Herbs: Rosemary, Basil, Mint, Lavender (food grade)
Arnold Palmer: Half Ice Tea & Half Lemonade
Pink Lemonade: Add a tablespoon of Grenadine or Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
Alcohol: Substitute some or all of the water with Vodka or Gin, depending on how strong you need them to be. If you want to bring out a floral taste, you can add St Germain - Elderflower Liqueur. Adding Blue Curacao will give you a taste of orange and a beautiful shade of green. If you would just like the orange, try Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec.