Lemonade gains herbaceous depth from lavender and thyme, while vodka delivers a good, clean punch. Serve it with salty, casual foods like Beijing chicken wings or blue cheese-stuffed burgers.
For the Lavender-Thyme Simple Syrup
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup dried lavender
- 1 bunch thyme
For the Sparkling Vodka Lemonade
- 4 cups sparkling lemon soda
- 1 cup vodka
- 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
- Thinly-sliced lemon wheels, for garnish
Make the lavender-thyme syrup: Boil sugar and 3⁄4 cup water in a 2-qt. saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Add lavender and thyme; let herb syrup cool completely.
Strain syrup into a pitcher filled with ice. Stir in soda, vodka, and lemon juice; garnish with sliced lemons.