RASPBERRY-THYME LEMONADE

May 25, 2013

I’m delighted to have Emily from Dish & Tell guest posting today! If you’d like to create a guest post for my site, please e-mail rachelschultzblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Now, here’s Emily:

When anyone has ever asked about my most memorable childhood memory (it’s an FAQ, by the way), I’ve been somewhat (non-dramatically) torn. I can never decide whether to give the inquirer a run-down on my once-upon-a-time backyard circus (think leotards. clown wigs. and rainbow balloons.) — OR, to talk about when I used to crawl around my attic with a magnifying glass, pretending to be one of the Olsen twins. Only, I had a twin brother. Still do, actually. Weird.

Raspberry-Thyme Lemonade from Rachel Schultz

But today, my mind wanders back to the good old lemonade stand days. Did you ever have one of those? Like, with a mason jar of money and “homemade” (store bought) lemonade in dixie cups? You were practically never a kid, if you didn’t. Though ours wasn’t an actual stand. It was a Red Flyer that we pulled around the neighborhood, sloshing lemony goodness at every pothole. But it worked. We were mobile and bankin’. Like a trendy LA food truck.

I like to think we were ahead of our time.

Raspberry-Thyme Lemonade from Rachel Schultz

When I made this thirst-quenching bad boy last week, I was so excited to pull it around and sell it. Just kidding. But, I had been busy mindfully preparing for a summer like those I had as a kid. Which is weird, because I am usually a skeptic about spring/summer/anything-sunshiney until we hit the June 1st safe-point. Michigan is nifty like that. It instills a constant fear into every sun-loving individual, and tends to annoyingly swing from ice age, to sauna, to ice age again, the moment we stash our winter boots away (I keep mine in my Olsen attic, obvi).

But this optimistic drink was just what I needed to break the ice, hit up yoga (ow), and go shopping for panama hats + other cute and unnecessary summer accessories. Definitely could have skipped the yoga, but the hat is supa fab. Happy springing!

RASPBERRY-THYME LEMONADE
Serves 16

4 cups water
1 pint (about 2 cups) raspberries, plus more for garnish
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 quart lemonade
6 thyme sprigs (plus more, for garnish)
Ice, for serving
750 mL sparkling water

Bring water, raspberries, thyme and sugar to boil in a large saucepan. Stir occasionally, dissolving sugar. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Raspberry-Thyme Lemonade from Rachel Schultz Raspberry-Thyme Lemonade from Rachel Schultz

Strain mixture through a sieve, pressing gently on berries to release juices; discard berries and sprigs of thyme. Let syrup cool completely. Combine syrup and lemonade in a large pitcher. Divide among 16 glasses filled with ice. Top each with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a sprig of thyme.

Raspberry-Thyme Lemonade from Rachel Schultz

Raspberry-Thyme Lemonade
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pint (about 2 cups) raspberries, plus more for garnish
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 1 quart lemonade
  • 6 thyme sprigs (plus more, for garnish)
  • Ice, for serving
  • 750 mL sparkling water
Instructions
  1. Bring water, raspberries, thyme and sugar to boil in a large saucepan.
  2. Stir occasionally, dissolving sugar. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain mixture through a sieve, pressing gently on berries to release juices; discard berries and sprigs of thyme.
  4. Let syrup cool completely. Combine syrup and lemonade in a large pitcher.
  5. Divide among 16 glasses filled with ice. Top each with sparkling water.
  6. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a sprig of thyme.

 

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Comments

  • ivy

    oh my that looks so good and where did you get those cups!

  • cam

    great pics big rachie!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Ha. They’re Emily’s :)

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