Is it just me, or is anyone else noticing an uptick in the number of drinks that are being Pinned and posted? Beverages seem to have hit the big-time! I must admit, my “beverage” folder is bulging- its an overflowing collection of drink recipes that I’ve amassed over the years.
I am all for an unusual concoction to knock back, especially if its a way to sneak in a small bit of nutrition with a lot of hydration. And anything that replaces what my son jokingly calls “poison” (better known as “soda” or “pop” depending on your whereabouts) is OK in my book.
This Meyer Lemon and Thyme Elderflower Soda is a light and refreshing creation combining sweet-tart Meyer lemons, immune boosting powers of elderflower cordial, and a thyme-infused simple syrup. I used white granulated sugar to make the simple syrup, but if you want to step up the healthy even more, try using agave nectar instead.
We swigged down this lovely drink mixed with sparkling water to make it more of a healthy soda. But by all means, if you are feeling sassy and want to mix it with a splash of an adult spirit such as vodka, gin or sparkling wine instead, it might be worth a try!
Meyer Lemon and Thyme Elderflower Soda
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 Meyer lemon
- 2 Tbsp. Elderflower Cordial (ours from Ozark Forest)
- 4 ounces sparkling water
- Make a simple syrup: in a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and thyme, and on low heat stir until completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. (Note: This little concoction can be cooled and stored in the fridge for about 3-4 days.)
- To make the drink: add 2 Tbsp. of the simple syrup, the juice of the Meyer lemon, 2 Tbsp. of elderflower cordial, and the sparkling water. Give a quick stir, garnish with a lemon twist.