This Tequila Thyme Lemonade is a super simple summer cocktail made with homemade lemonade and fresh thyme. It's light and refreshing and perfect for enjoying in the sunshine!
(This recipe for Tequila Thyme Lemonade was originally published in April 2011, but was updated with new photos and content in 2020).
I am ALL about the summer cocktails this year. Considering I haven't been to a bar in about 150 days (wow!) and have basically been hanging out at home, homemade summer cocktails have been where it's at.
This tequila thyme lemonade is the ideal summer cocktail: quick and easy to make, super light and refreshing, and the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Plus, there's nothing artificial about it!
Whip up this tequila lemonade in just 5 minutes and spend the afternoon hanging out in the sunshine.
Tequila Thyme Lemonade Recipe
This tequila lemonade recipe just makes one cocktail, but it's easy to multiply to make more. You could also make a bit pitcher of it if desired, though I think it looks a lot prettier when made in individual glasses.
I initially used a recipe from Martha Stewart Living, but found it to be super strong and not very lemonade-like, so in addition to muddling the lemon wedges, I've added freshly squeezed lemon juice to the cocktail.
To make, simply add three thyme sprigs and two lemon wedges to a glass, along with 1 tsp sugar.
Muddle together. If you're in the market for a good muddler, I highly recommend this one (affiliate link)
Then, add 3 oz. tequila, 1 ½ oz. cold water, 2 ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice, and ice.
Garnish with additional lemon rounds and thyme sprigs if desired.
This tequila thyme lemonade is refreshingly delicious and just perfect for some summer afternoon sipping.
Of course, you could use ready-made lemonade if desired and simply muddle some thyme into it and omit the sugar. But in my personal opinion, homemade lemonade is just so much more refreshing.
If you're not a fan of thyme, I also think basil would be delicious in this drink. You could also use rosemary or parsley. And if you wanted to switch the lemonade to limeade, well, I think that would work wonderfully, too.
This tequila lemonade makes me want to have some sort of garden party, despite the fact that I don't have a garden. But it just looks like the kind of pretty cocktail that should be served with little sandwiches and cookies.
But don't let your guest be fooled because this drink packs a very powerful punch. That 3 oz. of tequila is nothing to mess with. But combined with the slightly sweet slightly tart homemade lemonade with the lovely essence of thyme, it's the best combination.
I love drinks made with simple ingredients that are tasty and refreshing. And so, so easy to make at home.
Have you been making cocktails at home more often lately?
Tequila Thyme Lemonade
- 3 sprigs thyme
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 2 lemn wedges
- 3 oz. silver/blanco tequila
- 1 ½ oz. cold water
- 2 ½ tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Add thyme sprigs, sugar, and lemon wedges to a glass and muddle together.
- Add cold water, lemon juice, and ice and stir.
- Garnish with additional lemon rounds and thyme sprigs, if desired.
- Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living