Ok, so it's not summer anymore... but SoCal weather could have fooled me.
On a sunny day listening to Buena Vista Social Club...I can't think of anything better than ice cold lemonade. I realized we had a plethora of lemons and since our apartment seems to have some sort of grudge against fruit - I felt the need to use some of them up quickly.
You could use any herb of your choice - whatever herb you think would be a good pairing. We happened to have thyme in the fridge ...so my decision was easy.
+ 1 cup of lemon juice
+ 3/4 - 1 cup of simple syrup w/ thyme
+ 3 cups of water ( you can use less - I happen to like a less sweet lemonade)
+ thyme for garnish (optional, but recommended if you feel like getting fancy)
Making simple syrup is a cinch - boil 1 cup of sugar, 4 sprigs of thyme and 1 cup of water. When the sugar dissolves... let the thyme stew in there for 10-15 minutes but make sure you take the mixture off the heat. When cool you can store the rest tightly in the fridge.
When life gives you lemons - oh you know the drill.
Quick Tip: If you find yourself with a lot of herbs and are worried they will go to waste - plop them into ice cube trays and fill with olive oil and/or butter. The best herbs to preserve in my opinion are rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano. What a perfect way to start out a recipe!