Thyme-Infused Lemonade

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!

Thyme-Infused Lemonade
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