It’s been raining all weekend. We still grilled corn and burgers, both beef and tofu. We still had cocktails made for drinking on a hot day.
This Gin-Thyme Lemonade is sweet and refreshing. I made it Saturday night and ended up serving it up on Sunday afternoon, after Lila had sadly headed back home to Miami with my parents. Balloons and glow-stick bracelets are gone. No more Charlie and Lola mornings.
The original recipe calls for adding six cups of water to the mix of lemon juice, thyme simple syrup, and gin, but I liked the lemonade a little more concentrated. Aim for three or so cups of water, stopping to taste and see how you like it. Hendrick’s gin worked nicely here, and maybe it was that combined with the thyme simple syrup that gave this lemonade cocktail a hint of vanilla. Try it this week. Let me know what you think.
A lemonade enhanced with gin and thyme is a perfect late summer cocktail.
1 bunch fresh thyme, plus sprigs for garnish
2 cups fresh lemon juice from about 10 lemons
1 cup (Hendrick’s) ginBring sugar, thyme, and 1 cup water to boil in a medium saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved or about 2 minutes.
Stir in lemon juice, gin, and 2 to 4 cups cold water. Taste as you go while adding the water. Strain into a large pitcher.
Refrigerate until cold, about an hour and up to a week. Serve in a tall glass with big ice and a big sprig of thyme.
Makes 8 drinks. Adapted slightly from Martha Stewart