Potluck Week 2016: Thyme Lemonade

Update and Redux: J – A couple of times, one of our recipes has “saved the day.” This was one of them. We were making the drink for posting … at the same time, I was assembling a less-than-simple piece of furniture. It was hot. I was drenched. Going downhill fast. Suddenly, a big, cold glass of Thyme Lemonade appeared. Life got better quickly. Ahhh …

C – This thyme lemonade saved Jim’s life … kind of.

Jim was working up quite a sweat assembling furniture. I could see his energy level and patience was going down fast. That illustrated instruction manual was taking a lot longer to read than he expected.

I could see it was time to get him food. But, he wouldn’t stop.

The best alternative was the thyme lemonade leftover from our shoot.

Thank goodness I brought it to him in time. It was just what he needed. A magic cooling and refreshing drink that gave him energy. I couldn’t believe the change that happened in a few seconds.

What was in this lemonade? Nothing special. But, Jim’s blood sugar level was going down and needed a quick pick me up. The furniture was finished. Jim was really happy.

Herb Week: Thyme Lemonade
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 35 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 6 cups
  • 10 fresh lemon thyme sprigs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water for syrup
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 4½ cup water
  • 5 to 6 sprigs of fresh lemon thyme sprigs for garnish
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  1. Place the ½ cup of water and ½ cup sugar in to a small sauce pan. Heat until all the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Turn off heat and add the 10 sprigs of thyme. Let steep for 30 minutes. Then, discard the thyme.
  3. In a large pitcher add remaining water and lemon juice.
  4. Add the simple syrup, fresh thyme sprigs and lemon slices. Mix well.
  5. Serve over ice.
  6. Enjoy!


This lemonade was delicious, cooling and the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Not too sweet to get a sugar crash. The thyme flavor was nice and light.

I am so glad I had this great lemonade in the refrigerator. It really was a life saver for Jim.