A super simple, summery drink to ring in the solstice this weekend! And slightly dangerous. Doesn’t taste alcoholic at all.
To make one:
- Two tablespoons strawberry puree, or to taste
- 2 oz thyme-infused vodka
- 10 ounces lemonade
To make the strawberry puree, macerate a pint of clean, sliced fresh strawberries in the juice of a lemon and a sprinkle of sugar, to bring out their natural juices. Let it sit for a few minutes, then puree in a blender. You can freeze any leftover, or store in the fridge for a few days or a week.
To make the thyme vodka, simply grab your favorite vodka and pour into a mason jar with a few sprigs of thyme. Leave it on the counter with a kitchen towel and rubber band as the seal. I let mine infuse for three days before removing the thyme sprigs, but you could play around with it and do less, depending on the effect you’re going for. Store back in the bottle or in a jar, and thoroughly enjoy reaching for it when you need to bring something to a party, but don’t have any time to run to the store or pull something together.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you could certainly make your own fresh lemonade. I just used Newman’s Own, and it turned out quite yummy. Shake all ingredients with some ice, pour and garnish with a lemon slice and thyme sprig.
This drink would be very good with infused gin as well. Play around with it and have fun! I think I might start a mean collection of infused liqueurs this summer with my herb garden. Enjoy!