As promised, here is an excellent recipe for lemonade that I made recently. The sugar water is infused with fresh thyme, which I am growing in the garden this year. To make it into a grown-up cocktail, add some gin (but my preference is without). Homemade lemonade is the quintessential summer drink! It's a little bit of effort, but totally worth it.
1) Squeeze about 10 large lemons to get 2 cups of lemon juice. Make sure to remove all pits. I like some pulp in my lemonade, but you can strain the juice to remove pulp and pits, if you wish.
2) In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of water, 1 bunch of fresh thyme and 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let sit for about 10 minutes.
3) When cool, transfer sugar water to a large pitcher. Add the lemon juice and 6 cups of cold water. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least an hour and up to a week.
If making into a pitcher of cocktails, add 1 cup of gin in step 3 when adding the lemon juice and water. Or, you can add 1 ounce to an ounce and a half of gin per serving, keeping the rest of the lemonade alcohol-free. Serve over ice, garnished with thyme sprigs (which I forgot to do when photographing my drink).
The thyme infused simple syrup would be delicious in other cocktail recipes too.