Note: This is one of a series of guest posts I’ll be hosting over the next few weeks to spice up Cocktail Thursday. Today’s guest is Alicia, who writes the blog Boozed + Infused, where she shares recipes for making liqueur and infused spirits at home with inspiring and seasonal ingredients. I thought the process sounded a little intimidating at first, but Alicia’s posts finally inspired me to try a few infusions of my own, and it’s so easy! The results are customizable and always tasty, and, what’s better, you save a lot of money infusing your own liqueurs instead of buying them. Visit her site for tons of inspiration, and check out this delicious recipe for thyme honey lemonade (without or without booze) for a refreshing summer treat.
It is officially summer! And summer means lots of fresh treats in the garden. I have been busy picking berries, canning and jamming to my heart’s content. Meanwhile, our booze pantry is filled to the brim with infused delights. I just love picking fresh herbs and berries from the garden to add to summer beverages.
For Gourmet Veggie Mama readers, I wanted to bring you a quick infusion that is nice for a summer gathering or barbeque. Everyone loves lemonade, right? Well I do, and it is always fun to muddle fruits and herbs into lemonade to make it more festive. Today we are enjoying a Summer Thyme Honey Lemonade.
We start off by making a Thyme-Honey Syrup for our quick infusion.
- ¼ cup loosely packed thyme leaves
- ⅔ cup honey
- ⅔ cup water
- Place all ingredients in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Be careful not to boil over.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely with the thyme steeping in the syrup.
- Once it has cooled, strain the thyme leaves out of the syrup.
This infused honey goes very well in salad dressings. But we’re not here for Salad Thursday, we are here for Cocktail Thursday… so now for the cocktail.
- 2 cups ice (plus additional for serving)
- 8 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice (plus extra lemon wedges for garnish)
- 8 oz thyme-honey syrup
- 12 oz club soda
- White rum (or other light spirit)
- Fresh thyme (for garnish)
- Place the ice in a pitcher or carafe, and add the lemon juice and thyme-honey syrup. Stir well to incorporate. Add the club soda and stir again.
- For each serving, fill glass a third to half way with ice, pour 4 ounces of lemonade and add 2 ounces of rum. Garnish with lemon wedge and thyme.
We used a silver rum from Eastside Distilling in Portland (one of our favorite local distilleries). And for those of us (perhaps our fair blogging host) who are not consuming alcohol, this is delicious without the rum. It would also be fabulous with gin.