Just in time for Memorial Day...let's talk about thyme tea and lemonade! I'm learning to love this herb. Its small purple flowers attract bees and make pretty, edible garnish. We like to throw sprigs of it into salads. I think I'll try adding it to my bath water. The herb itself has many other uses, including an herbal tisane.
The flavor of this infusion is slightly bitter and medicinal, but in a GOOD way. I like its bite. Part of thyme's chemical makeup includes thymol, an antiseptic and an ingredient in mouthwash. I'm planning to drink up this tisane the next time I have a cold. (It's a year-round hearty herb in the Pacific Northwest.)
I wanted to experiment with adding thyme "tea" to lemonade. Wowzer, we like it! Thyme provides a subtle, but definite, foundation. It reminds me of margaritas, without the alcohol but with the bite. Definitely making this again!
2 cups of strong thyme "tea" (I steeped mine for 45 minutes)