Strawberry Thyme Lemonade

Cover recipe - Real Simple, Strawberry Thyme Lemonade: July 2013

Cover recipe -Real Simple, Strawberry Thyme Lemonade: July 2013

I’m excited to bring you a super delicious drink recipe from this month’s issue of Real Simple. This is one of my favorite magazines, with lots of yummy recipes and amazing household tips and products. Each month I anxiously watch my mail for it.

There’s always a gorgeous cover recipe that just begs to be made, and I’ve never been disappointed yet. This month’s issue was no exception, displaying tall, frosty glasses of deliciously sippable summer drinks.

I chose to go with the drink front and center – a cool Strawberry Thyme Lemonade. I love a good lemonade recipe, there’s something about the perfect combination of sweet and tart that makes it one my favorite summer drinks. Of course, it’s always good to try new combinations just to keep it interesting. The addition of a thyme syrup and fresh sliced strawberries makes this lemonade just a little bit more special. Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.

Strawberry Thyme Lemonade

Print Print Recipe
Save Save Recipe

Strawberry Thyme Lemonade

Yield: 8 servings (8 oz glass)

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
8 thyme sprigs
1 cup water
1 quart strawberries
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
5 cups water

Directions:

1. Boil 1 cup of sugar, the thyme sprigs, and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Let cool and discard the thyme sprigs.
3. Combine the thyme syrup, 1 quart of strawberries (hulled and sliced), the fresh lemon juice and 5 cups of water in a large pitcher.
4. Chill for 30 minutes (or up to 12 hours).
5. Serve over ice, garnished with additional thyme sprigs.

Tips:

If you like your lemonade sweeter you might want to add a little extra sugar, it all depends on personal preference. Also, if you want a stronger thyme flavor, try letting the thyme steep for longer to draw out more of the flavor.

Source: Real Simple

The results:

This is a tart lemonade which is how I like mine. I was unsure how strong the thyme flavor would be, but the thyme infused syrup is very subtle and adds just a hint of something extra. The fresh strawberry slices add a pretty pop of color, and a small amount of strawberry flavor. If you’re wanting more strawberry flavor in each sip, I would recommend pureeing some of the strawberries.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Yes! I really enjoyed sipping this drink. It was delicious and refreshing, and the addition of the extra thyme sprigs and sliced strawberries make such a visually appealing drink you’ll want to serve it to your guests all the time. The other drinks on the cover looked just as tasty, so I’m sure I will be trying those soon!

Amber is the food blogger and recipe developer behind Sprinkled With Flour, where she shares her fresh and easy recipes with a focus on from-scratch cooking. She's all about getting back to making food with real ingredients, while keeping it easy and delicious. Amber's grandfather was a baker, and you'll see from her recipes that she has a true love for dessert. I guess you could say baking is in her genes!

7 Responses to “Strawberry Thyme Lemonade”

  1. 1

    Tieghan — June 27, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    This looks so refreshing!

  2. 2

    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 27, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    This is such a gorgeous drink, Amber! Love all the flavors!

  3. 3

    Nessa — June 27, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    Looks great!

  4. 4

    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — June 28, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    I like a tart lemonade too. This looks lovely and refreshing!

  5. 5

    sara — June 28, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

    Yum – this is so pretty! :)

  6. 6

    Norma — July 7, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    Thank you for posting the Strawberry Thyme Lemonade. It will be perfect with my lunch, tomorrow. I have been trying to locate the beverage glass that you used in your beautifully photographed picture. Will you share where the glass was purchase? The two go together beautifully

    • Amber Potter replied: — July 8th, 2013 @ 8:21 am

      Hi Norma,
      The glasses used for this recipe were purchased at TJ Maxx as a set. I hope that helps!

Leave a Comment