Mint lemonade has always been one of my summertime thirst-quenching beverages. Adding a sprig of lemon thyme to the mix really kicks up that herbaceous taste. This lemon thyme mint lemonade is great for sipping during the heat of summer while you are outside enjoying the sunshine.
For a sweet, tart and fruity lemonade, try my strawberry lemonade.
Well, the rain finally ceased only to bring unseasonably hot weather for a few days. Everyone looked like they were wilting, including the little pots of herbs I keep on the windowsill.
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 mint lemonade
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.
In my dream world, there are little mason jars filled with delectable drinks lining the shelves of the refrigerator in my outdoor kitchen… each guest able to saunter over and choose which of the many options tickle their fancy.
I don’t have an outdoor kitchen (yet), but that isn’t stopping me from lining the fridge with jars of mint lemonade.
How to make lemonade with herbs
First, we’ll make a simple syrup with sugar, water and the 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.
Then we add everything to big pitcher and it’s ready to go.
More ways to use herbs
In cooking their use is obvious, but most people don’t utilize them in other ways where they can really bump up the flavor. Toss a handful of herbs in with salad greens. Chopped fresh herbs sprinkled over grilled or roasted vegetables is divine.
Use them in vinaigrettes, 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 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 (or more if you prefer a sweeter lemonade)
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice (don't use bottled)
- 3 cups water
- 8 sprigs lemon thyme
- handful of mint leaves
- 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 a few tablespoons of sugar,add the lemon juice, lemon thyme simple syrup (from above), water and a few slices of lemon.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves & a few sprigs of lemon thyme.
A word on the lemons... the lemons I had were the size of my fist. Literally. Three gave me a full cup of juice.
If you were to see these lemons at the gym, one would assume they were "juice-heads" (pun fully intended)... that being said, you'll need about 5 lemons of normal stature.
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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 5/18/20