Leave the jug at home—this homemade lemonade concentrate is easier to tote, plus gives you the option to make drinks to order at your picnic. Bring sparkling and still water along with gin and vodka for a bar in your basket.

Alanna Lipson
EatingWell Magazine, June 2021

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Credit: Eva Kolenko

Recipe Summary test

active:
20 mins
total:
2 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine water, honey, thyme and ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lemon zest and lemon juice. Let steep for 20 minutes.

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  • Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl. (Discard the solids.) Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours or up to 5 days.

  • To make each drink, combine 1/4 cup of the lemon mixture with 1/2 cup sparkling (or still) water and 1 ounce gin (or vodka), if desired. Garnish with a thyme sprig, if desired.

To make ahead:

Prepare through Step 2 and refrigerate for up to 5 days. 

Nutrition Facts

62 calories; sodium 2mg; carbohydrates 17g; sugars 16g; potassium 35mg.
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