Today the temperature was in the upper 90’s with a heat index well over 100. It was the perfect day for a pool party and ice cold lemonade. I invited three of my good friends over, filled a kiddie pool and turned on a sprinkler. It was a great afternoon!
So the next time you have a pool party or BBQ, mix up a pitcher of this lemonade. And if you’d like to make it even more “adult friendly” go ahead and add 1 cup on gin when you stir in the lemon juice…now it’s a party!
Adapted from Martha Stewart
1 ½ cups sugar
1 bunch of fresh thyme (about a handful of sprigs)
2 cups of unsweetened lemon juice (bottled or fresh squeezed)
7 cups cold water, divided
Additional sprigs of thyme and lemon slices to garnish
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, sprigs of thyme, and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
Remove from heat. Stir in the lemon juice and 6 cups of cold water. Strain any solids out through a strainer.
Pour the lemonade into a 1 gallon pitcher and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.
Serve over ice, garnished with additional thyme sprigs and lemon slices.
Makes 8 cups of lemonade