I was a little sceptical about flavouring strawberry syrup with thyme but wow, it is such a brilliant pairing! It blew me away and so far, I have made this syrup 4 or 5 times this season. Strawberry season is still going strong and I am trying to use them as much as possible, it will be a long wait until the next season!
The syrup is not as thick as elderflower cordial but it certainly is a wonderful change from it. I found this recipe in Tesco magazine’s June issue and it looked quite promising despite my doubts. I first tested it to get rid of my doubts and it passed with flying colours! I have also used frozen strawberries as well and they work pretty nicely too for this syrup. I have used light brown sugar but you can use any sugar for this syrup.
With the returning hot weather, having this syrup handy in my fridge is such a delicious, cool relief! Just mix it with water or any fizz, add some frozen strawberries or ice cubes and beat the heat!
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Makes approximately 300 ml of syrup
Can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks
Recipe adapted from Tesco Magazine June 2019 issue
For the strawberry syrup:
500 grams strawberries (reserve and freeze 10-15 for adding to the lemonade later), hulled and quartered
150 grams raw cane sugar/light or soft brown sugar/golden caster sugar
2 lemons, zest and juice both (keep juice for later)
10 grams fresh thyme sprigs
200 ml hot water
For the lemonade:
8-10 thyme sprigs
Prosecco/Sparkling water/Ice cold water
A large saucepan
A large bowl
Make the syrup first, by boiling strawberries with sugar, lemon zest, thyme and water. Simmer the syrup for 10-15 minutes until the liquid is reduced and looks a bit like thin syrup, changes colour to red and strawberries turn pale and soft.
Don’t crush the strawberries as we are not looking for puree.
Sieve the syrup in the bowl and again don’t press it. Let it drip on its own and let it cool.
Once cooled, add the lemon juice and either use it straightaway or store in a glass bottle in the fridge. It will stay good for 1-2 weeks. You will have approximately 300 ml of syrup.
For the lemonade for one serving, use 4 tbsp of syrup in a wine glass or any other serving glass. Add frozen strawberries, ice cubes and 1 or 2 sprigs of thyme. Top it up with drink of your choice