Gin-Thyme Lemonade

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.

gin-thyme lemonade

A lemonade enhanced with gin and thyme is a perfect late summer cocktail.

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 bunch fresh thyme, plus sprigs for garnish
2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 10 lemons), plus lemon slices for garnish
1 cup (Hendrick’s) gin
To make the thyme simple syrup, bring sugar, thyme, and 1 cup water to boil in a medium saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Let cool. Remove thyme.
Add simple syrup to a pitcher with lemon juice, gin, and 2 cups cold water. Stir to combine. Taste and add up to 2 more cups water if lemonade is too strong.

Refrigerate until cold, about an hour and up to a week. Serve in a tall glass with big ice, thyme sprigs, and lemon slices.

Makes 8 drinks. Adapted slightly from Martha Stewart.

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