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Thyme For Lemonade…

Thyme Infused Lemonade

The heat is on, this past week was a little brutal, even for Florida. Summer came in like a fire-breathing dragon. I’m not sure what that means for Fall, what is the opposite of fire-breathing dragon, perhaps a unicorn? Since most tales that involve dragons, end with them being slain by a Knight in shining armor, I guess fall will need arrive like a Knight. In the meantime, we need to sit a spell and cool off.

This simple recipe is a great way to accomplish just that. I really like the flavoring the thyme provides in the lemonade, it gives it more of an earthiness, which cuts the sweetness back. There are two ways to create this, you can either make a traditional lemonade, or you can create an adult version by adding vodka. I supposed if you wanted to this is a great base for creating numerous variations of adult beverages. I really like to make Arnold Palmers with this, half ice tea, half lemonade, and yes I made this batch with vodka.

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer Version


Thyme Infused Lemonade

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

1 fresh thyme bunch, about ½ inch in diameter, plus extra for garnish

3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cups vodka (or 2 cups water)

In a saucepan, add together 2 cups water, sugar, and thyme. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, just until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature.

Once the thyme infused simple syrup is cooled, pour mixture through a strainer into, a container, discard thyme. Cover, and refrigerate until chilled.

In pitcher or bottle, mix together lemon juice, vodka OR water, and chilled infused syrup. Pour over ice into glasses for individual servings, garnish with fresh thyme.


Arnold Palmer, fill half the glass with ice tea, balance with the thyme lemonade (…my favorite)

Pink lemonade, add a few tablespoons of grenadine or Chambord (raspberry liquor)

sugar, thyme, and water

sugar, thyme, and water

boil just until sugar dissolves

boil just until sugar dissolves










cool to room temperature

cool to room temperature

Strain into glass container

Strain into glass container, chill.










mix with lemon juice, vodka OR water, and thyme infused syrup...enjoy!

mix with lemon juice, vodka OR water, and thyme infused syrup…enjoy!

One comment on “Thyme For Lemonade…

  1. chef mimi
    July 5, 2014

    I must try this. I love love thyme, but have never paired it with sweetness. “Thanks!


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