In my wrap-up of our Great Canadian Harley trip, I shared about my love for Park Distillery in Banff, Alberta. Not only do they craft some great spirits, their cocktail menu is so creative, the atmosphere is perfection, and the employees are super friendly. We had an amazing time enjoying some drinks, chatting with the bartenders, and taking in the atmosphere while in Banff. I tried one of their mocktails, a thyme lemonade utilizing a thyme simple syrup. How clever is that!?
Being that the herbs from my garden have been going crazy, I knew I needed to create a boozy version of it once we got home, a thyme-vodka lemonade. Not only does this concoction create a gorgeous cocktail, it is also delicious. It also allows me to enjoy my herbs in a new way by making some thyme simple syrup. I also made some basil simple syrup and sage simple syrup utilizing the same recipe.
- Juice of 7 lemons (about 7 ounces lemon juice)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 cups water
- Thyme Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 ounce thyme, about 6-8 sprigs
- Thyme-Vodka Lemonade Cocktail
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka (1 shot)
- 2 ounces lemonade (1 1/2 shots)
- 1 ounce thyme lemonade (1/2 shot)
- thyme springs and lemons to garnish
- To make the lemonade, combine all ingredients and stir well to dissolve sugar. Can store in refrigerator for a week to two.
- To make the thyme simple syrup, heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium high heat until boiling. Add the thyme, boil for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool, keeping thyme in the pan. Once ready to use, strain off the thyme. Can be stored in the refrigerator for several months.
- To make the cocktail, fill a glass with ice. Add the vodka, lemonade, and simple syrup. Give it a stir. Garnish with a thyme sprig and slice of a lemon. Enjoy!
- Feel free to use pre-made lemonade if you're wanting to make it simple.