Pink Lemonade and Thyme Sparkler

by Tokyo Terrace on May 21, 2009

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The weather in Japan is warm, getting humid, and bringing people outside by the hundreds. The Tama River, which sits just outside our apartment, has been filled with young Japanese people craving the outdoors. They come armed with charcoal grills and plenty of alcoholic beverages while leaving their inhibitions inside. Just the other day, I experienced my first incident of theft since moving to Japan. On the back of my bicycle I had a bungee cord to secure bags or boxes in case my basket was too full. The one time I really, really needed that bungee cord, someone had snatched it. I had to lug all of my bags home, awkwardly as ever, while balancing on my bike.

With the exception of the stealing thing, it is great to see so many people out and about. Yesterday, it was so warm outside and the sun was shining and I began to feel like it was July in Minnesota. Hot. Humid. Bright and sunny.

As with my last cocktail blog, weather played a big role in determining what was poured over ice, or on some days, into a wine glass, for me.

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Cold, refreshing, and bubbly. Those were the three factors I knew needed to come together in my glass. In my refrigerator, I had a bottle of sparkling pink lemonade and a couple of lemons, while outside on the balcony I had some lemon thyme. This one came together almost too easily. It was the ideal drink for the weather today and gave me a reason to use some of my fresh herbs in a new way. I’m a little obsessed with herbs in cocktails. Call me crazy, but it’s just one of those things…

Sweet, slightly tart, and deliciously but subtly herby (herby? yep…that’s the only way to say it.) This pink lemonade and thyme sparkler was perfection on a warm afternoon sitting on the balcony. I hope you’ll give it a try!

Pink Lemonade and Thyme Sparkler

Makes 1 cocktail

Ice

6 oz. Sparkling pink lemonade

1 shot vodka

1 tablespoon lemon-thyme simple syrup (recipe below)

Lemon wedge and thyme sprigs for garnish

Pour the vodka and simple syrup in the bottom of a glass. Stir together. Fill the glass with ice. Pour the pink lemonade over the ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and thyme sprigs. Sip away!

Lemon-Thyme Simple Syrup

2 teaspoons lemon-thyme, chopped

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

Combine the water, sugar and thyme in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Simmer until the liquid thickens and reduces slightly. Remove from the heat. Strain the simple syrup to remove the thyme leaves (this is optional based on your preference- if you don’t mind the leaves, go ahead and leave them).IMG_8775

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  • http://imadumpling.wordpress.com/ Candy

    You have such beautiful photos on your blog. Congrats on being a featured publisher! The cocktail looks so refreshing, I need to try for the hot humid weather in NY today.

  • http://imadumpling.wordpress.com Candy

    You have such beautiful photos on your blog. Congrats on being a featured publisher! The cocktail looks so refreshing, I need to try for the hot humid weather in NY today.

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    My taste buds are firing on all cylinders!
    I just added a couple of necessary ingredients to
    a very long ‘first trip to the market since the
    move’ list so I can concoct this for us this
    evening.
    Early evening.
    Okay, maybe late afternoon…

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    My taste buds are firing on all cylinders!
    I just added a couple of necessary ingredients to
    a very long ‘first trip to the market since the
    move’ list so I can concoct this for us this
    evening.
    Early evening.
    Okay, maybe late afternoon…

  • http://www.palatetopen.com/ Jen

    Today is our first 90+ degree day and this quencher, all pretty in pink, is appearing at just the right moment.

  • http://www.palatetopen.com Jen

    Today is our first 90+ degree day and this quencher, all pretty in pink, is appearing at just the right moment.

  • http://livetheblife.com Kori (All Things B.)

    Congrats on the new blog location! Looks great! If you’re interested, I’m hosting a Nature’s Path Giveaway on my blog today, stop by and enter- I’ll even ship to Japan!

    http://livetheblife.com/2009/05/21/all-things-b-is-spreading-the-wealth/

    Cheers!
    Kori

  • http://livetheblife.com/ Kori (All Things B.)

    Congrats on the new blog location! Looks great! If you’re interested, I’m hosting a Nature’s Path Giveaway on my blog today, stop by and enter- I’ll even ship to Japan!

    http://livetheblife.com/2009/05/21/all-things-b-is-spreading-the-wealth/

    Cheers!
    Kori

  • tokyoterrace

    Awesome! I love Nature’s Path! I’m so there! Thanks for the tip!

  • tokyoterrace

    Awesome! I love Nature’s Path! I’m so there! Thanks for the tip!

  • tokyoterrace

    Thanks for the compliment on the photos! I am very new to the whole photography thing, but I really enjoy it! Sounds like weather in the U.S. has been very warm this week. I hope you are able to cool down a bit- maybe even with my pink lemonade and thyme sparkler! Take care and thanks for the comment!

  • tokyoterrace

    Thanks for the compliment on the photos! I am very new to the whole photography thing, but I really enjoy it! Sounds like weather in the U.S. has been very warm this week. I hope you are able to cool down a bit- maybe even with my pink lemonade and thyme sparkler! Take care and thanks for the comment!

  • tokyoterrace

    You’ll have to let me know what you think if you do make this- no matter what time of day you chose to make it :)

  • tokyoterrace

    Timing is everything, right? I hope you enjoy it!

  • tokyoterrace

    You’ll have to let me know what you think if you do make this- no matter what time of day you chose to make it :)

  • tokyoterrace

    Timing is everything, right? I hope you enjoy it!

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    First one, 5:45pm
    Second one, 7:00pm
    Third: 10:00pm
    Delicious!
    (Didn’t strain the
    leaves, I’m not THAT
    unpacked)! :)

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    First one, 5:45pm
    Second one, 7:00pm
    Third: 10:00pm
    Delicious!
    (Didn’t strain the
    leaves, I’m not THAT
    unpacked)! :)

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com/ Jenn

    So I tried this cocktail on Saturday at a BBQ thrown by my good friend Ty. I tried a bit of a spin on it:
    Lemonade Concentrate (1 part Lemonade, one part sugar, and one part water. Dissolve)
    Sparkling water
    Vodka
    Fresh Lemon Thyme (muddled)
    Lemon wedge

    It was GOOD! Thanks Rach!

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com Jenn

    So I tried this cocktail on Saturday at a BBQ thrown by my good friend Ty. I tried a bit of a spin on it:
    Lemonade Concentrate (1 part Lemonade, one part sugar, and one part water. Dissolve)
    Sparkling water
    Vodka
    Fresh Lemon Thyme (muddled)
    Lemon wedge

    It was GOOD! Thanks Rach!

  • http://newlywedcooking.blogspot.com/ sharon

    YUM! Thanks so much for sending this to me for the party! I love everything pink :) Oh, and vodka too.

  • http://newlywedcooking.blogspot.com sharon

    YUM! Thanks so much for sending this to me for the party! I love everything pink :) Oh, and vodka too.

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