Fizzy Thyme-Ginger Lemonade

Prep time: 5min
Total time: 45min
Makes: 4 1/2 cups (1.125 L)
1 cup
sugar
250 mL
5
sprigs fresh thyme (plus extra for garnish)
3-in. (8-cm) piece fresh ginger, sliced
1 bottle
soda water or sparkling mineral water, chilled
750 mL
1/2 cup
lemon juice, strained (about 4 lemons) Ice
125 mL
Per serving (1 cup/250 mL):
calories
190
carbs
48 g
sugar
46 g
protein
0.2 g
sodium
35 mg

Directions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together 2 cups (500 mL) water, sugar, thyme and ginger. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 min. Cool 30 min., then strain syrup into a clean sealable bottle or jar. (To cool syrup more quickly, strain immediately into a measuring cup or bowl and place in the freezer.) Syrup can be made ahead.

  2. Add soda water to a pitcher and stir in the lemon juice. Add 6 tbsp (90 mL) of the syrup to the pitcher. Taste and add more syrup if necessary.

  3. Serve over ice and garnish each serving with a sprig of thyme.

Tip

Any leftover syrup will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 2 weeks. To make a single serving of lemonade, stir together 2 tbsp (30 mL) syrup and 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice. Pour over ice into a glass, top with soda water. Optional: Add 1 oz (1 tbsp/15 mL) gin or vodka to each serving.