Ginger-Thyme Sparkling Lemonade

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.

Ginger-Thyme Sparkling Lemonade
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins


  • 2 cups water

  • cup honey

  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger

  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

  • ¾ cup lemon juice

  • 2 liters cold plain sparkling or still water

  • 12 ounces gin or vodka (optional)


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

62 Calories
17g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size about 3/4 cup
Calories 62
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 16g
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 35mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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