Tonight's Cocktail - Vodka-Thyme Lemonade

Larry Trask / Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 12:54 p.m. / Cocktail



In my particular world, it's almost always vodka time. Our cocktail tonight features vodka, for sure, but a different kind of time. The flavors of lemonade and thyme go together very nicely in this refreshing summertime cocktail.  Before you can make the finished product, you have to make thyme-infused simple syrup which, when combined with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, produces a delicious elixir.



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 24 lemons
  • 2 cups vodka


  1. STEP 1

    In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups water with the sugar and thyme; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.

  2. STEP 2

    Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup; discard thyme. You should have 2 cups syrup. Cover with plastic; chill.

  3. STEP 3

    In a large serving pitcher, stir together lemon juice, vodka, and chilled syrup; garnish with thyme. Divide evenly among eight tumblers filled with ice; serve immediately.