On the Backyard Patch Herbal Blog we are continuing a monthly Recipe Theme where I post a number of recipes on a single theme. For April we posted Seafood recipes and in May it will be Cajun and Creole recipes we share. I am working my way through the many recipes I have collected over the decades. We also have the Bath Blend of the Month and other regular features on cleaning with and other uses for herbs.
In January as I prepared for the late winter season lectures which were more numerous than in years past, I took a moment for myself to create a list of things to do in 2019. I don't do resolutions as they tend to set you up for failure, but a list of experiences is an adventure and in 2019 I created a list of experiences to strive for in 2019.
The first one in the list (on my Blog) was learn to make a great Mocktail. Here is the recipe I came up with, it is perfect for weather getting warmer:
SUMMER LEMONADE COCKTAIL with thyme
2 cups sugar
12 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 24 lemons
2 cups vodka
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. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup; discard thyme. You should have 2 cups syrup. Cover with plastic; chill. 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.
In December 2019 we be focusing on herbal beverages like this one for an entire month. You can find all the monthly themes by visiting the Backyard Patch Herbal Blog and searching the subject "recipe2018" or "recipe 2019" For each month there is a search name which you can find at the end of any recipe post.