Lemonade has always been one of my summertime thirst-quenching beverages. This lemon thyme lemonade with fresh mint is great for sipping during the heat of summer while you are outside enjoying the sunshine. Adding a sprig of lemon thyme to the mix really kicks up that herbaceous taste.
For a sweet, tart and fruity lemonade, try my strawberry lemonade.
Herbs are one of my favorite things to add to nearly anything. They add a freshness and pop a flavor to so many recipes.
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Lemon thyme lemonade with mint
With the sudden heat, I immediately wanted lemonade. I’m never able to resist my ever-present need to put herbs into whatever I can, so I started snipping. I am almost never without lemons – a definite plus.
Lemon thyme lemonade is one of those great non alcoholic summer drinks that you can make for the whole family. Make a couple of big pitchers to help everyone beat the heat.
How to make lemonade with herbs
To make this lemon thyme lemonade recipe, you’ll start by making a simple syrup with sugar, water and a few sprigs of lemon thyme.
The sugar syrup will cook for just a few minutes until the sugar is dissolved and while it cools, the lemon thyme will infuse it with amazing flavor.
That flavorful sweetened syrup will be the base of the lemonade. Now all you need to do is add water, lemon juice and muddle the mint. Then we add everything to big pitcher and it’s ready to go.
Lemon thyme vs thyme
Lemon thyme leaves are a bit lighter than those of regular thyme, often with streaks of yellow – making it easy to differentiate the two.
The flavor of lemon thyme compared to thyme is very similar, but as the name suggests, it has a more pronounced citrus flavor and the flavor is more subtle than that of thyme.
How to use lemon thyme
Herbs are always a great addition to food. Lemon thyme leaves sprinkled over grilled or roasted vegetables is divine. Toss a handful of herbs in with salad greens. This delicate, citrusy herb also works really well with fish.
This sherry lime vinaigrette recipe uses regular thyme, but you could easily swap that out for lemon thyme and give it an extra boost of citrus flavor.
Use herbs in grain salads, drinks, even ice cream… adding them to both sweet and savory dishes can really make a difference in the flavor of the final dish.
This tasty lemonade with lemon thyme and mint is perfect for all the summer holidays and backyard cookouts. Make a big pitcher and let the family serve themselves. Better yet, make two!
More Summer Sips:
- Citrus Sunshine Cooler
- Rosé Sangria with Summer Fruit (21+)
- Strawberry Limeade
- Strawberry Lemonade Iced Tea
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- 3/4 cup sugar (1 cup, if you prefer a sweeter lemonade) + 2 tbsp. for muddling
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 5 lemons)
- 6 cups water
- 8 sprigs lemon thyme
- handful of mint leaves (5-8, depending on how minty you like it)
- lemon slices
- lemon thyme sprigs & mint leaves for garnish
- Combine 3/4 cup sugar, 8 sprigs of lemon thyme and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat & let cool completely. Strain & set aside.
- In a large pitcher, muddle the mint leaves with 2 tablespoons of sugar.
- Add 1 cup lemon juice, remaining 5 cups of water and lemon thyme simple syrup.
- Garnish with lemon slices, fresh mint leaves & a few sprigs of lemon thyme.
Lemonade will keep in the fridge for about 5 days, give it a stir before serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 7/11/2019
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Originally published 5/30/12, most recent update 6/4/21.