Candles + Cocktails: Thyme Lemonade Spritzer

Let’s face it: lemonade is delicious and refreshing any time of the year. And when you live in a hot climate like us, lemonade still hits the spot after a long day outside—even in the fall.

So we made this Thyme Lemonade Spritzer to compensate for that. Our favorite thing about this cocktail is that it uses ingredients we almost always have on hand anyway, so it’s quick and easy to throw together, but tastes like you spent hours thinking up the right flavors. The first recorded instance of lemonade occurred in Paris, France in the summer of 1630 and was traditionally made with lemon juice, honey, and sparkling water. So, incorporating lemonade into a fizzy white wine spritzer is only a natural progression!

We know you can probably guess which candle pairs best with this cocktail, but we have to say it out loud anyway: our Lemon Verbena + Thyme candle is “the one.” Seriously, if fall isn’t your season (no shame), light this candle while making this drink and you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of July all over again.

 Our Lemon Verbena and Thyme candle is picture with a white backdrop and lemons flowing out of the top of the candle

Now let’s get to the recipe.

What You’ll Need

  • Sparkling white wine (any label is fine…just please no bottom-shelf!)
  • Lemonade (store-bought or homemade)
  • Club soda
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh lemons

What You’ll Do

  • Pour 4 ounces of sparkling white wine, 3 ounces of lemonade, and 2 ounces of club soda over ice into a wine glass.
  • In the bottom of a separate glass or small bowl, muddle some fresh thyme.
  • Squeeze the juice from half a lemon and pour it over the muddled thyme and stir.
  • Add the muddled thyme and lemon juice mixture into the wine glass.
  • Stir all ingredients together.
  • Serve ice cold and enjoy!

If you’re not a fan of having muddled thyme actually in the drink itself, you can always make a thyme simple syrup and replace the thyme and lemon juice mixture with the simple syrup. All you need to do for the simple syrup is heat 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and a few sprigs of muddled thyme over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Let the mixture cool and keep stirring it so that the thyme gets infused with the syrup. Once cooled, strain the mixture to remove the thyme remnants and pour the syrup in a jar or bottle and keep refrigerated. It will last 5-7 days in the fridge. This thyme simple syrup is going to be significantly sweeter than just the muddled thyme and lemon juice mixture, so we recommend using only 1-2 tablespoons of it in the spritzer to start and adjusting the quantity to fit your palette.

The long days of summer may be gone for now, but the cocktails are here to stay. Lemonade is an essential all-American drink that just need a little bit of the St. Brown & Co. touch to take it from classic to classy. Now this cocktail is a drink you’d be proud to serve any time of the year, for any occasion, or just to elevate any average day.