Strawberry Thyme Lemonade

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.

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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!