Recipe Redux: Thyme Lemonade

Sometimes, you’re in a weird place.  Maybe you’re unhappy at your job.  Maybe you’re stressed out with life.  Maybe you’ve been Facebook stalking your ex (we’ve all been there, I had some moments last spring I’m not proud of).  Maybe it’s the weather and distinct lack of Spring-ness.  Whatever your reason, you need something to snap you out of it.

For me, most of the time I’ll find a song that somehow exactly defines how I’m feeling (this song starting playing on the radio at just the right time for me last year), and listening to it is enough to get me out of that weird place (I know, I’m starting to sound a little too emo).  Or maybe I need a walk in the sunshine or a cute pet to play with for a minute.  Or, sometimes, I just need the right drink.

Now, this drink can totally be a glass of red wine (never underestimate the power of a good malbec).  Or it can be a particularly good cocktail.  Or it can be something much more innocent and reminiscent of simpler days; lemonade.  That’s right, today, we’re making lemonade.  You know, for those times when life seems to be handing out only lemons.

This lemonade is grown up.  It’s not too sweet (I hate when people make their lemonade sweet – I want to taste the lemons!), and it’s dressed up with thyme.  It might sound crazy to you, but thyme can kind of ground the lemonade and add a complex note to it.  The resulting drink feels super adult while still bringing back memories of childhood summers.  And if that’s not adult enough for you, it would also taste delicious with a splash of gin or vodka (personally, I’d reach for the gin).

What gets you out of your weird place?

Thyme Lemonade

Serves 4-6

Ingredients: 
4 cups water, divided
1/2 cup sugar
10-15 sprigs of thyme, plus more for garnish
1 cup lemon juice (from about 6 lemons)
Optional Add-Ins:
Seltzer Water
Vodka
Gin
Cucumber slices for garnish

Directions:
1. Add the sugar, thyme, and one cup of water to a small pot and heat over low heat until the sugar dissolves.  Wait another minute, then turn the stove off.

2. Add in lemon juice and 4 cups of cold water.  Stir everything together, then refrigerate for at least an hour.

3. Add in any other liquids you want (seltzer, alcohol) and serve cold.

Enjoy!

9 Responses to Recipe Redux: Thyme Lemonade

  1. Stunning and sounds delicious! 🙂

  2. Oh, I love love this drink – and the post that inspired it. I will make this all summer (and will remember to make it in the dead of winter when spring seems ages away 🙂

  3. Totally making this! With a splash of gin 🙂

  4. elizabeth says:

    love herby lemonades! yum! add vodka 😉

  5. Eileen says:

    I love the idea of adding thyme to lemonade–it sounds like such an intriguing herbal combination! I might try a version with rosemary too. 🙂

  6. Dixya says:

    I am always looking for lemonade with not sweet combination and still able to add a splash of gin. This might be my answer to one of those days. Happy Spring.

  7. Alysa says:

    Yum! I thought about making this, but couldn’t figure out how to do it without so much sugar. Looks like you’ve found the perfect combination. Can’t wait to try it!!

  8. Delicious! This looks and sounds soo amazing, what a great combination. Can’t wait to try 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  9. wow this sounds amazing and looks beautiful!

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