Lemon-Thyme Vodka Lemonade
3 lemon wedges
2 oz. Lemon-Thyme Syrup*
2 oz. citrus-infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka
2 oz. club soda
1 sprig fresh thyme, preferably lemon thyme
*Instructions for Lemon-Thyme Syrup:
.75 cup sugar
1 small bunch fresh thyme, preferably lemon thyme (.5 ounce)
To Make Lemon – Thyme Simple Syrup:
In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup water and the sugar to boiling, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the thyme, remove from the heat, and let stand until cool. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
To Infuse Vodka
Quarter three lemons and add them to a quart volume jar (I use a mason jars). Pour in two cups of Tito’s Handmade vodka. Seal the jar and place in a cool, dark location for one week. After one week, taste the vodka for flavor:
• If the lemon flavor is to your preference, discard the lemons, and keep the lemon vodka sealed in a cool, dark location indefinitely.
• If the flavor is not strong enough, allow the mixture to infuse longer; tasting every few days until it has the preferred lemon flavor. Follow the instructions in the bullet point above for storing.
Run 1 lemon wedge over the rim of a highball glass; dip the rim into sugar. Reserve the lemon wedge. Carefully fill the rimmed glass with ice. Pour the syrup mixture into the glass, lemon wedges and all. Top off with the club soda, the squeeze the reserved lemon wedge over before dropping it into the glass. Garnish with the thyme sprig and serve immediately.