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Thyme for Vodka Lemonade

I am taking next week off for a little R&R but wanted to leave you all with some great ideas for the 4th of July.  We usually go see the Nationals play in the morning and then have people over to grill and relax until the fireworks start.  An informal BBQ like that will be just fine with a cooler of beer and some chilled wine but I always like to have a signature drink as well.  Pitcher drinks are a girl’s best friend in the summer.  Even better if the recipe makes two pitchers!  This spiked lemonade is perfect for the 4th when you have lots of people coming and going.  Also feel free to omit the vodka so it’s good for all ages (or do an adult friendly and a kid friendly pitcher.)

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I love lemonade – really anything made with lemons – but sometimes it can be a little cloying.  The addition of thyme adds a nice herbaceous note that compliments the fresh (yes fresh!) lemon juice perfectly.  I make a thyme simple syrup to infuse the whole drink with the thyme flavor but also have some extra fresh thyme on hand to garnish the drinks.  Simple syrup rather than straight sugar ensures that the lemonade mixes together perfectly – just make sure to use really cold water and a decent vodka.  After juicing all those lemons it would be a shame to use crappy vodka.  I used a new favorite from a local DC distiller, District Made Vodka from One Eight Distilling.  Right in our neighborhood, this distillery takes its vodka making seriously by using a special Russian technique to get a nice smooth finish.  Check back in on Thursday for a whole menu ideal for a 4th of July BBQ to pair with this drink.

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Thyme Vodka Lemonade (printable version at the end of the post)

Inspiration:  Summer BBQ’s
Special Equipment:  juicer (optional)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 bunch thyme (extra for garnish)
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups ice cold water
  • 3 cups vodka

In a saucepan combine the sugar and 1 1/2 cups water over medium high heat.  Stir occasionally until all the sugar has dissolved, usually a couple of minutes.  Turn off the heat and add the thyme.  Let the syrup steep for 10 minutes, then remove the thyme and place in the fridge to cool.

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While the simple syrup is cooling you can juice the lemons – make sure to use fresh juice.  In two pitchers or 1 large drink dispenser combine the chilled syrup, the lemon juice, 3 cups of cold water and 3 cups of vodka.  Stir to combine.  The lemonade can be made earlier in the day and stored in the fridge – serve over ice.

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Thyme Vodka Lemonade

  • Servings: 2 pitchers
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Special Equipment:  juicer (optional)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 bunch thyme (extra for garnish)
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups ice cold water
  • 3 cups vodka

In a saucepan combine the sugar and 1 1/2 cups water over medium high heat.  Stir occasionally until all the sugar has dissolved, usually a couple of minutes.  Turn off the heat and add the thyme.  Let the syrup steep for 10 minutes, then remove the thyme and place in the fridge to cool.

While the simple syrup is cooling you can juice the lemons – make sure to use fresh juice.  In two pitchers or 1 large drink dispenser combine the chilled syrup, the lemon juice, 3 cups of cold water and 3 cups of vodka.  Stir to combine.  The lemonade can be made earlier in the day and stored in the fridge – serve over ice.

 

 

Mule with a Kick

May has already been pretty nuts so I am taking the day off Thursday.  However, I couldn’t leave you all hanging without something great to make this week.  This cocktail is a twist on the Moscow Mule.  Vodka, ginger beer and lime combine with ice and copper glasses to make an amazing spring/summer cocktail.  When you have such simple ingredients you need to make sure they are the best.  Belvoir Ginger Beer is so incredible (how adorable is the label?).  Ginger beer is already more gingery than ginger ale but this stuff is our ginger with the perfect amount of fizz.  Pretty hard to find as its a UK soda but World Market has started carrying it and sometimes you can find it on Amazon.

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I swear it is worth tracking down – I recently bought a whole case to have for summer drinks.  The ginger beer is already pretty spicy but add in some chipotle vodka and you get a Moscow Mule with a big kick.  I like this Hangar One version but there are lots on the market or you could infuse your own.  Make sure to go ahead and get the copper glasses.  They keep the drink incredibly cold and are classic for a Mule.  My mother-in-law got me there but there are tons online.  Prices can run the gamut so I recommend getting them on a flash sale site like One Kings Lane or checking out your local Home Goods.  You can usually find them for much less.  Enjoy this porch sipper and I will be back next week.

DSC03343Mule with a Kick (printable version at the end of the post)

Inspiration:  best ginger beer EVER
Special Equipment:  copper glasses

  • 1/4 cup chipolte vodka ( I used Hangar One)
  • lime wedge
  • ginger beer
  • ice

In a copper glass pour the vodka over ice.  Squeeze over the line wedge and drop in.  Pour over enough ginger beer to fill the glass and stir to combine.

Mule with a Kick

  • Servings: 1
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Special Equipment:  copper glasses

  • 1/4 cup chipolte vodka ( I used Hangar One)
  • lime wedge
  • ginger beer
  • ice

In a copper glass pour the vodka over ice.  Squeeze over the line wedge and drop in.  Pour over enough ginger beer to fill the glass.

 

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