Blueberry-Thyme Lemonade: The Perfect Summer Cocktail

I’m not one of those people that does well at growing things in the dirt. No matter how many times I’ve tried my hand at a patio garden with pots of herbs, tomatoes, or peppers, they all seem fated to die horrible, dry, brown, scraggly deaths. Whether this is due to a lack of skill or, you know, work on my part remains to be seen. Ahem.

Okay, so perhaps I could give a touch more effort on my part to ensure a long healthy life for my little green babies, but I’m already an excellent cook and baker with a sparkling wit and fantastic rack. Adding “good with plants” into the mix just seems unfair to the rest of the human race.

Anyway, lack of luck with gardening notwithstanding, I forged ahead this past weekend and decided to at least have a go at keeping some fresh potted herbs around the patio this summer. So my new “garden” of basil, thyme, mint, flat leaf parsley, and cilantro is currently chilling out on the table out back, and I remain cautiously optimistic that I will be able to enjoy a fresh caprese salad or pico de gallo at least once this summer. I’ve already put them to use in this cocktail, a fresh twist on lemonade that I can’t wait to make again.

Blueberry-Thyme Lemonade 

Makes 1 drink

2-3 TB Fresh Blueberries

2-3 small sprigs fresh thyme

Juice of 2 lemons

1-2 oz. simple syrup (or more to taste, I like my drinks a little on the sweet side)

4 oz. flat or sparkling water (or tonic)

1.5 oz Gin (I use Bluecoat, but again, whatever you prefer)

Muddle blueberries and thyme together in a cocktail shaker. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, water, and gin, and stir. Pour over ice, add a slice of fresh lemon, and serve.

This was super tasty, and so refreshing. You could absolutely make this drink with vodka as well, I was just more in a gin mood when I made this one. I never thought about fresh herbs in my homemade cocktails (other than mint, obviously), but if they all taste this good, I might just be a bit more invested in the health of my little patio garden project this summer.

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