It’s hot out here! Ok, it’s not hot enough for me to complain about it yet, but it’s still pretty toasty with temperatures hovering in the triple digits. I’ll reserve my complaints for when it’s around 110 degrees in the shade; but for now, I’ll just relax and have something refreshing, like this Lavender Thyme Lemonade Fizz. It’s bright and crisp and refreshing, like lemonade always is, but made special with fresh thyme and lavender from the garden! This very grown-up lemonade is a lovely sipper that’s not too strong and perfect for weekends spent in the hot summer sun!
Remember a few weeks ago when we made Lavender-Vanilla Infused Vodka? Well, you’re going to need it for this recipe, so run and go get it now! I’ll wait…
Ok, now that you have it in hand, you’ll need about a half of a cup of lavender infused vodka for this recipe. If you like a stronger drink, add additional plain vodka–lavender is a very assertive flavor so a little goes a long way. Along with the floral notes of the vodka, the lemonade fizz takes a sophisticated, herbaceous turn with the addition of thyme-infused simple syrup. We discovered that a last minute addition of cocktail bitters perfectly balanced the sweetness of the drink, while the sparkling water just makes it dance on your tongue! Totally refreshing!
Lavender-Thyme Lemonade Fizz
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- a few sprigs of thyme
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons)
- 1/2 cup lavender infused vodka*
- 1 25.3 ounce bottle sparkling water, such as San Pellegrino or Perrier
- 6-10 dashes of Angostura or Peychaud’s Bitters (optional)
- lavender sprigs
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and the water. Heat over medium heat until the sugar completely dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the thyme sprigs. Cover and allow the mixture to steep for 30 minutes.
- In a 32 ounce pitcher, add the lemon juice, up to one up of the simple syrup (taste it for sweetness), vodka and sparkling water. Add the bitters if using and stir gently to combine. Fill the pitcher with lots of ice and serve immediately over more ice and garnish with more thyme and lavender sprigs.
*Note: Now, if by chance you haven’t the opportunity to make your lavender-vanilla infusion yet, all is not lost. You can easily mix up a batch tonight and your infusion will be ready to use in just a few days or if you want to make this drink immediately, you can simply add a few sprigs of lavender along with the thyme to the simple syrup and use up to one cup of plain vodka. You can also leave out the vodka altogether if you prefer to drink it “virgin”.