Trish Deseine’s Lime and Thyme Syrup for Summer Spritzers

Whip up a batch and keep it in the fridge for summer spritzers and cocktails of every kind …


Pretty, refreshing and with less of a kick than simple white wine, this is a lovely summer drink to serve in big glass pitchers packed with ice and chunks of fruit. Keep a bottle of the thyme syrup in the fridge for cocktails and kirs.

For around 250ml

3 minutes preparation

10 minutes cooking time

30 minutes cooling

250ml water

200g sugar

30g thyme leaves plus stalks for garnishing

Zest (removed in strips with a vegetable peeler) and juice of a lime

Ice cubes, chunks of apple and watermelon for garnish

Soda or sparkling water, white or rosé wine.

Bring the water to a boil, add the sugar, stir until dissolved. Add the thyme, the lime juice and zest and simmer together for 8 to 10 minutes.

Sieve the syrup, discard the zest and the thyme and leave to cool before pouring into a bottle and storing in the fridge before using.


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