Monday, June 1, 2015

Spring Lunch: part 3

This is the last post for this meal! We're going to top everything off with a twist on an original recipe. This vanilla-thyme lemonade is so refreshing and can certainly satisfy your sweet tooth, and I think the best part is that you can decide how strong you want it. And carbonated or not!

SERVES 3-4

Ingredients
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 cup water
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 tablespoons honey
-1 small bunch thyme, plus some for garnish (optional)
-1 cup fresh lemon juice
-1 cup sparkling or still water, divided

In a medium pot, over medium high heat, cook sugar, water, vanilla, honey, and thyme until honey and sugar are dissolved.

Start juicing! To hand squeeze these lemons it took 6-7 lemons, and quite a long time! I couldn't find my old fashioned juicer, but if you zap the half lemon in the microwave for 5-10 seconds it will help a lot!

Once the syrup is done cooking, strain to remove the thyme and add to the lemon juice. Set in the fridge until cooled.

Fill glasses with ice first.

Pour in the syrup half-ish way up the glass. Then add you sparkling or still water for the rest of the way. Stick in a straw and you're ready to go!

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