Thyme Lemonade

Thyme Lemonade

As I was driving down the main thoroughfare in my community today, I spotted a group of kids, I would say about 10 or 11 years old, yelling and waving frantically at me to stop.  They had set up a lemonade stand with an array of handrawn signs, on the corner of this particular intersection. How could I drive by this group of young entrepreneurs without purchasing the product that they had obviously spent hours concocting. I would be forever known as “the mean lady”.

When I pulled over to the curb and got out of my car, I could see sighs of relief on their tiny faces. Yes! A customer. I ordered up a glass of their homemade brew, and when I opened my wallet to pay, I realized I had just blown my entire wad at the supermarket on this evening’s dinner.  Oh geez, was this really happening. Dead broke in front of a bunch of 10 year olds. I quietly asked if they took American Express, and they told me they run a cash only business. However they said, since they knew where I lived, they would come by later to settle my outstanding balance. Whew! Problem averted.

As I stood their enjoying my refreshing drink, I started sizing up their business, and thought I should set up my own stand and sell a more mature version of lemonade with my homemade cookies. Do you think it would look weird for a middle-aged woman to sit on a street corner hawking her wares? Well, my kids said they would disown me and would be forced to leave town. So, I let the idea go…for now, anyway.

This version of lemonade is not too sweet, and infused with lots of herbally goodness.  The cucumber slices just heighten it’s freshness and make it perfect for a summer’s day.

Thyme Lemonade

Thyme Lemonade 

From Everyday Food, June 2008

  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme sprigs, additional for garnishing
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice (I needed about 13 lemons)
  • Persian cucumber for garnish
In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, thyme and 1 cup water to a boil; stir until sugar is dissolved, about three minutes.  Stir in lemon juice and 6 cups cold water, strain into a large pitcher. Refrigerate until cold (will stay for about a week). Serve over ice and garnish with thyme spring a a few thin slices of Persian cucumber.

Thyme Lemonade

Mama’s tips: 8 ounce mason jars are perfect for serving the lemonade, and can be found in most supermarkets and online.

Recipe: Easy

212 Comments on “Thyme Lemonade”

  1. 3meals2snacks says:

    The lemonade may not be too sweet, but the story is. And, once again, one of these wonderful photos will serve as a perfect seasonal desktop background. Cheers!

  2. A great story with refreshing lemonade cannot be beat making this an awesome post 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Love the straws AND the recipe!

    BTW, Red Medicine was amazing. I recommend highly that you stop by! The chicken dumplings were a highlight for me, as well as the crab spring rolls. The pork rillettes were not as firm as I like, but very tasty.

  4. Jackie says:

    This looks gorgeous! And I’m a total sucker for kids selling things too. Gets me every time.

  5. I love this. One of my favourite flavour combinations made into a drink :D.

  6. sugaredpecan says:

    This looks so wonderfully refreshing….just what we need here in the south during the dog days of summer!

  7. Sounds delicious!

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  9. df says:

    There is nothing like a tall glass of lemonade on a hot day, and this preparation sounds lovely. Liked the story too!

  10. I love your straws! Where do you get them? You are lucky it was a lemonade stand, my friends and I used to put leaves and bugs in cups and have fun trying to get people to buy them. Some parents stopped and would give us candy, but no customers:/ haha

  11. kat says:

    you take the most beautiful pictures!!!

  12. I love homemade lemonade and this is a gorgeous summery recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the story. 🙂

  13. It is so fun to see kids with lemonade stands! Your lemonade recipe sounds wonderful and your picture looks so refreshing!

  14. This looks so refreshing! And I love that these babies are served in mason jars. I’ve been kind of obsessed with them lately.

  15. Katherines Corner says:

    Pure refreshment! I have fresh thyme grow inf beautifully right now I think I will grab a sprig and make this yummy drink. xo P.S. Have you entered the new giveaway yet?

  16. livliveslife says:

    Hmmm…I bet this would work great with basil, too! Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Looks so refreshing! I always stop when I see lemonade stands. The kids get so excited. They really do need to accept credit cards though 😉

  18. Cute story! Your lemonade sounds so refreshing too.

  19. patricetyler says:

    Great story! My grandkids had a lemonade stand this past weekend, May 19th, “Lemonade Day” in Indianapolis, IN. We had a semi-hit with lemon and grape flavors. I’m with you, Grannie needs some extra money, maybe I need a lemonade stand!

  20. Jbot says:


    that’s an amazing brilliant idea

  21. Just love the Salmon thingy darling.

  22. really an amazing idea.

  23. skitalica says:

    mmm so thirsty right now.. no thyme in sight ): will keep this idea in mind though, great combo

  24. arisawake says:

    aww i get mouth watering just looking at it! anyway lovely straws you’ve got 🙂

  25. This looks delicious! Perfect summer drink!

  26. petrakidd says:

    This made me thirsty just looking at the pictures!

  27. pezcita says:

    Mmm, that looks good! I can taste the lemon and cucumber now. What does the tyme do to the flavor?

  28. bunnyisms says:

    Maybe you could get the kids to sell some more upscale lemonade! 🙂

  29. Looks refreshing. Thanks for sharing. connie

  30. The Hook says:

    What a fantastic summer post! Way to kick-start the season…

  31. Carlie Chew says:

    Sounds delicious! Beautiful photos as well : )

  32. Makes me feel cool already 🙂

  33. Real Fit Mom says:

    This looks delicious!

  34. That looks so good!!!!

  35. Rojin says:

    Oh my gosh, this looks so delicious! I must try!
    Thank you for this, who knew lemonade could be fun again!

  36. amoonfull says:

    My sister and I made a refreshing cuccumber drink for the summer, and this remind me of it!! I will have to try this, thanks for posting! 🙂

  37. d_vaz says:

    That sounds so refreshing!

  38. Bex says:

    LOVE THIS! i’m inspired to give this a try! thanks for sharing!

  39. lamakeupholic says:

    yum yum!!

  40. Dog days of summer, here I come!

  41. Love the photo and flavored lemon aid for that matter. Never thought to put thyme together with lemons, but you make it look and sound delicious! Thanks for the idea. I pick strawberries in the garden and muddle them up in the mix. Oh, the possibilities. 🙂

    Cheers and happy Tuesday.

  42. I will definitely be trying this recipe out! Also love the images and the glass jars used as cups!

  43. Mama got FP!! congrats Mama!! This looks yummy =)

  44. vivilinh says:

    great idea!!

  45. Margarita says:

    I usually use basil and sweeten with pomegranate molasses.. looking forward to trying the thyme. Thank you!

  46. Mr.Gratitude says:

    Looks like something absolutely delicious, I can’t wait to try this out this summer!

  47. we drink lots of lemonade, this will be a nice variation !

  48. Amanda Fried says:

    Had some (store bought) lemonade today. Brilliant idea to make your own with thyme 🙂

  49. pantry2plate says:

    absolutely love the photos! And the drinks look delicious!

  50. Nahed Omer says:

    I never tried Lemon with thyme.

    I have to see how it taste. Now it is time of hot hot!

    Thank u for the recipe

  51. 4myskin says:

    Sounds wonderful! Hope you gave them a tip for having to collect on your debt. 😉

  52. Story and lemonde are lovely. thanks for sharing. brings the summer feeling on 🙂

  53. I just happen to be growing thyme on my porch and am always looking for creative ways to use it. I just found another with your recipe! I can’t wait to try, but will have to use limes since we don’t get lemons on my small Caribbean island.

  54. nazarioartpainting says:

    Mmh! Look delicious!

  55. So that is what I do with all of that thyme in my herb garden! Thanks!

  56. […] to afford a cheap set of glasses whose lemon motif had instantly caught my eye. I remember making lemonade (dissolve a cup of sugar in a cup of hot water, add a cup of lemon juice, mix in a pitcher and add […]

  57. Rhianna says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations on freshly pressed. Quite deserving! =)

  58. mmm… herby lemonade I think I’ll give it a go when summer rolls around.

  59. mbolke says:

    Yum! I may have to try this over the Memorial Day weekend!

  60. triptracker says:

    Another wonderful drink to use this during the hot Texas summers. Nicely done post.

  61. Sounds so refreshing!

  62. I’m a fan of a good lemonade, and this looks like a great twist on the basic recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  63. Super cute story and crisp, refreshing images! Tell those kids Mama’s come to town and she’s packin’ her own lemonade! Awesome! -Renee

  64. Thank you for the great idea! Tomorrow will be a new tea day:) Take care, Anna

  65. Nichol Caddingham says:

    Reblogged this on Modern Gentleman and commented:
    perfect for summer … perhaps mixed with a bit of gin.

  66. This looks so refreshing! I am definitely going to give it a try.

  67. Fantastic! Just planted an herb garden, so totally going to give this a shot. Thanks for the inspiring post!

  68. Love, love, LOVE this post! Congrats on being freshly pressed too, very much deserved!

  69. Delicious! The picture is perfect, also.

  70. The recipe sounds delicious and the photography is great, too! The colors are beautiful. Your recipe is a creative variation of one of our southern favorites.

  71. Reblogged this on livefitwithjenn and commented:
    Healthy and delicious way to beat the heat!!

  72. vincitore117 says:

    A feel good post and lemonade seems interesting.:)

  73. A Table in the Sun says:

    Anything lemon…love, love, love!

  74. The drink looks refreshing- I’ll be trying that- and your blog is adorable!

  75. Who doesn’t like lemonade? Great work, love the pics. I’d like to see some more healthy options too!

  76. These pictures are so simple, yet they play up your drinks so well! They look delicious and I can’t wait to try it out. Here’s to summer; cheers!

  77. lulumus says:

    Even in the start of New Zealand winter, this recipe was awesome. Best lemonade ever!!!!

  78. lijiujiu says:

    Excellent post!
    Summer is coming. And I believe that “Thyme Lemonade” will be very popular…
    Wish you have a perfect summer’s day.

  79. wardenfree says:

    So delicious that i wanna buy a lemo to have a try!
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

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  81. Just loved the story and the combination of ingredients in the lemonade sound rather nice, I wonder however, if the lemonade could perhaps be made with less sugar.

  82. leamuse says:

    In the warm weather, I often put a bit of cucumber in chilled water and it is very refreshing. I’ve been enjoying Lavender Lemonade for years. Now you have given me another way to enjoy the wild thyme that grows all around in my village. Thanks!

  83. Thyme lemonade. What a novel idea. Sounds delicious!

  84. I wonder what pink lemonade would taste like with a sprig of lavendar?

  85. Hmmm…I’m gonna try this! 🙂

  86. Nastasja says:

    I love those glasses. Thank you for the recipe, gotta try it out!

  87. Love it—I have a glut of thyme in my window box herb garden… this will be the perfect way to use it up.

  88. Pretty blog! Why not set up a stand at your local farmer’s market? Please visit my blog/world, and congrats on FP.

  89. Looks very elegant and refreshing. Thank goodness we are in for a little heat wave in London town.

  90. elleslookbook says:

    Reblogged this on elleslookbook and commented:
    This simple yet amazingly brilliant, I love it!!

  91. santerrecomique says:

    I love lemonade!

  92. Radyo Plexus says:

    Reblogged this on Xandro Pontillas.

  93. Michele LMS says:

    Who would have thought!?! . . . Thyme is a popular ingredient here in the Arab Gulf, but I never thought about teaming it together with lemonade! Love the concept!

  94. kimoechan says:

    gotta try this out…looks slurpie

  95. Saw this post and the recipe and said…Torri’s gotta make…lol
    Thanks for sharing!

  96. Reblogged this on jasmineloves and commented:
    Just perfect on a day like today!

  97. This looks amazing!

  98. Hm. I may try this, only with Equal instead of sugar. 😀 Sounds tasty!!

  99. wordpressreport says:

    Reblogged this on WordPress Report.

  100. Jody says:

    I can’t wait to try your recipe! But, I’ll be using 16oz mason jars! 😉 Thanks for sharing.

  101. elephant33 says:

    Craving the lemonade right now 🙂

  102. L says:

    Great pictures, love the straws 🙂

  103. C.D. says:

    It looks so fresh! Thank you for sharing,
    Artphalt (

  104. Sarah says:

    Mmm! I’ll take a glass right now! 😀 I believe I have some lemon thyme in my garden. Will have to try this.

  105. I could see adding a little vodka to that for a fantastic summer drink.

  106. cakesbykat says:

    Oooooo, I’ll have to try that! I have tried mint lemonade and even basil lemonade but never thyme. It’s seems like a good match, though, since it’s a lemony herb. Thanks for posting!

  107. This looks delicious! I never thought to add thyme. How wonderful. 🙂

  108. That looks so refreshing. I love the use of herbs in beverages. I’ll try it this summer.

  109. humannered says:

    The story complemented the lemonade in a fantastic way. That freak out mode felt very sincere when you went to get some but had no cash.
    Sounds like a great day.

  110. Can’t wait to try it, sounds so refreshing!

  111. annlivingston says:

    I’m going to try this! I love lemonade especially honey-ginger. Why don’t you stop by my page sometime?

  112. classywithatwist says:

    I must make this!

  113. Looks delicious! I say go for the Lemonade Stand! Your kids can work it out in therapy when they get older!

  114. sprophet says:

    This sounds delish!! I’m always looking for new lemonade recipes. Will definitely give this a try. Great pics, btw.

  115. heysands says:

    I have a penchant for herbs and all things fresh. Your lemonade is IT! Thanks for this recipe. Your photos look good enough to drink. 🙂

  116. bkr12 says:

    I really feel like a lemonade now and the pictures are gorgeous. And from one middle-aged woman to another – you most definately CAN ‘hawke your ware’s on the side of the road! Its not all about the kids y’know !

  117. Thanks so much for sharing! I will be trying. Do you think lemon balm might substitute? Or possibly chocolate mint? I have an over abundance in that stuff!

  118. Great recipe!
    The pics are great! I see them and immediately think: SUMMER!!! 🙂
    Will try the recipe for sure!

  119. Looks amazing! Now that it’s finally getting warm here in WA state, I’ll have an excuse to make this 🙂

  120. abigailyates says:

    I like that you also give serving suggestions. I have canning jars, just never thought to put lemonade in them. Always looking for creative ways to serve though!

  121. jasanzz says:

    My mom cooks amazing food and post her retirement I have been encouraging her to start a business on the same lines. Will make her read your posting for sure 🙂

  122. tito travels says:

    Yummy! This sounds so good! My mom is going to try to make it if she can find all the ingredients here in Tanzania. Thanks for the recipe!

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  124. Spoon Feast says:

    You are going to have people all over the world putting thyme in their lemonade this summer! Thyme is my favorite herb and lemons are staples. This sounds delicious and I will be trying it out this afternoon.
    Adding the cucumber is quite a lovely touch.
    Thank-you and congratulations on Freshly pressed!

  125. muddledmom says:

    What a refreshing combo. Homemade lemonade is hands-down better than anything out of a carton. Plus what a fun way to get the kids involved. And your photos really make this shine. Congrats on being FP! Such a cute presentation.

  126. Humble Cottage says:

    Reblogged this on Humblecottage Blog and commented:
    Its getting hot down here in cornwall, the cloud has been hiding the sunshine that the rest of the country has been experiencing for the last few days, but now we have it in its full and blistering glory.

    I am now dreaming of homemade lemonade, and at the weekend will be making some home foraged elderflower and lemon cordial, but in the meantime, this thyme lemonade is tickling my tastebuds….

  127. Asma says:

    so cool for such a hot day…pheeew!!!

  128. Sam says:

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  129. Sue Ghosh says:

    Looks and sounds so refreshing! Perfect for the Indian summer.

  130. This sounds delicious, and with the lime tree down the street burtsing with almost ripe limes i will definatly try this recipe, although in place of sugar i will use Pilonsillo Syrup that i make from piloncillo cones, heres the link to the recipe from my blog, if you can get hold og it you should try using it in place of sugar, it is much better for you andhas a wonderful slightly burnt caramel flavour and will turn your lemonade moscavado color 🙂 here the recipe:

    Hope you like it!

  131. kind-cook says:

    I just heard about adding chopped basil to melon salad. I thought, why not? I had some thyme on my patio but planted oregano in the same container and it got crowded out. I am going to pick up some thyme and try this. Thanks for sharing! Congrat’s on being FP’d!

  132. This is wonderful on a hot summer day. Hope you gave them a tip for walking all the way to your house later! Care to check out my blog? I hope you do, cause I really like yours.

  133. jodieevelyn says:

    This looks amazing!

  134. Shannon says:

    Yummy! I have never thought of putting herbs in lemonade.

  135. SimplySage says:

    Your photos are beautiful. Never heard of using thyme or cucumbers, but why not? I think this inspires to try other fresh herbs. Lemon is so versatile it pairs with sweet, salty, fruits, and herbs.
    Neat post! Great neighbor kids you have! Funny story!

  136. I’ll have to try this.

  137. wheresmykid says:

    Thanks for the smile.

  138. erinmotz says:

    This looks so super refreshing I can hardly stand it! I feel like I’ve made at least 4 different variations of lemonade this month but what’s one more, right? 😉

  139. This made me laugh…I say you give those kids a run for their money…haha! Sounds awesome and refreshing…I can’t wait to try some! I tend to use mason jars and striped straws too…love how they look! 🙂

  140. Aria says:

    Very touching story especially the kids have a long way to go.

  141. Love the story, and those photographs make me want to make this lemonade immediately. Thanks for sharing!

  142. lensaddiction says:

    Nice photos, impressed at how the blue in the straw is the exact shade of the background, thats food styling at its very best 🙂

    What is it with the food/drink in jars thing? I have seen it mentioned more and more over last 12 months, even recipe books for it 🙂

  143. sallymontana says:

    Sounds very delicious, a recipe I am definitely going to try. Especially because I have so much thyme spreading on my patio. Touching story about the kids, too. It’s always wonderful to support young entrepreneurs. Well done!

  144. abdul1983 says:

    I will try your recipe.
    thanks for sharing.

  145. Marti Parham says:

    What a great looking blog! Congrats on getting pressed!

  146. seetastelove says:

    I love lemonade of any kind, this is awesome. I think you could pull off a lemonade stand, why not?

  147. Some of these recipes look absolutely beautiful! It’s so hot here today i’m definitely going to have to try this lemonade!

  148. whittret says:

    Reblogged this on Whittret and commented:
    Het ziet er in ieder geval heerlijk uit ! Het is het proberen waard hé !

  149. cynthiafdhh says:

    Reblogged this on cynthiashealthhut and commented:
    Delicious and good for you too!

  150. ranaeldani says:

    Love your blog name! cheeky

  151. rakieche12 says:

    Uhmmm!! Delicious drinks!!

  152. rakieche12 says:

    Reblogged this on El Blog de Raki and commented:

  153. Antionette says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    The lemonade trend continues!

  154. spektakx says:

    nice photos, too 🙂

  155. Great recipe! I made cucumber and blueberry vodka lemonade last weekend.. it was so good! I will add some thyme the next time around.

  156. I have yet to try your recipe but your story behind it was lovely and quite humourous. And the photos are a beautiful touch. Keep it up 🙂

  157. ewrewdblog says:

    Delicious!!! I’m going to try this tomorrow 🙂

  158. I was at my sister’s house one late afternoon last summer and some children came by delivering lemonade! It was very funny, who had ever heard of a “lemonade delivery service” and the children were super cute. They took our order (two cups please!) and ran with excitement to get it. Then they hand delivered our lemonade from about 6 or more houses down from us. There was probably more lemonade on the outside of the cup than on the inside but the smiles on their faces was worth it. I had the same idea…lol…it just wouldn’t be as cute if a grown up was doing it. lol.

    Great idea for the lemonade and what perfect timing as the summer rolls in!!

  159. Liz Lobster says:

    Tried the Thyme-Lemonade 8 years ago when I lived in England. Absolutely delish!

  160. kikio88 says:

    Looks and sounds so refreshing. Love the presentation!

  161. ye-mek says:

    It looks so good. This is the best drink for these hot days…

  162. The straws look vibrant! Chilled Lemonade in this summer is any day a better option than those aerated colas..
    Cheers! 🙂

  163. joleneybean says:

    This looks SO refreshing. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try it!

  164. Alyssa says:

    Adorable kids; like the lemonade, this also is a refreshing story. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  165. yumodi says:

    Lovely story!

  166. 26datesin2012 says:

    Tried it this weekend and it was ahuge hit at my neighbor’s b-day bash. Already got orders for all the upcoming bbq and b-day gatherings in our neighborhood. Now I need the thyme on my balcony to grow a bit faster. 🙂

  167. getyerwitsoutforthelads says:

    Lovely post to read while at work no a sunny day, in need of refreshment! 🙂

  168. ahearts says:

    Reblogged this on Always, Allie and commented:
    I normally don’t like lemonade unless they have another flavor involved. Thyme sounds like an interesting addition to a summer classic! Might have to add some vodka to this one…

  169. […] my hands now. But thankfully this week’s Freshly Pressed contribution showed me how to make thyme lemonade so that may be the […]

  170. This looks amazing!! And I’ve been looking for a refreshing beverage that was a non-alcoholic option for our next party! (And of course it is always good to have a drink that can be spiked by people if they choose!)

  171. I already posted a comment on this recipe but that was before I made the lemonade. I just finished making it and it’s delicious! Thank you again for sharing the recipe.

  172. It’s perfect for the hot afternoon. I’ll sure make like this one tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

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