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Day two of my Savory Cold Summer Drink Recipe mini blog series; yesterday’s drink was an amazingly spicy and savory Spicy Turmeric and Ginger blended ice beverage. A magnificent drink to cool off with on a parchingly hot day. Check out the blog post for the recipe.
Today’s drink is a Lemon Thyme and Lime blended ice beverage. Soooo good! This drink is pretty simple and uses fresh ingredients. It is also beautiful, like all of the beverages on this list. My favorite thing about this drink (aside from its taste) is the fact that it is not chock full of carbs or calories. Not that I claim to be a dietitian or anything.
It’s just that there is no sugar or sweetener unless you want to add it. Also, how many calories are there in a teaspoon of fresh thyme? Not many I would think. According to the Google it is 1 calorie. That’s right! 1 Calorie! Same thing for lime juice. Technically this is a 2 calorie drink.
All of these recipes start with the same base of 1 cup of ice cubes. So, if you intend to try them all, be prepared to have ice on hand. This recipe also uses lemon thyme. That is a variety of thyme which has a lemony flavor in addition to its overall thyminess (Shush. It’s a word. I just worded it.). For the lime you can squeeze your own or use the bottled juice kind.
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- 1-cup ice cubes
- 1-teaspoon fresh lemon thyme #Ad
- 1-teaspoon lime juice #Ad
- 4 or more tablespoons of water
- Sprig of thyme to garnish (optional) or
- Twist of lime to garnish (optional)
- Honey to drizzle over the top (extremely optional) #Ad
(If you wanted to make this drink alcoholic; 3 tablespoons equal’s 1.5 fluid ounces, which is 1 shot glass. Just replace an equivalent number of tablespoons water with tablespoons of alcohol. I don’t recommend it. I haven’t tried it because I don’t drink alcohol. However, it is an option if you would like to try it. More than a shot of alcohol, and the flavor will likely overwhelm the herb flavor. Tequila would likely mix well with the lime juice and margarita salt can be used on the rim.)
Blend all ingredients in your preferred blender/food processor of choice. Remember to make sure that whatever device you use, the fresh leaves will be closest to the blades when the blending starts. For a traditional blender put the herbs in first, then the ice on top, and the juice and water poured over it all. For a bullet-type/cup-type blender put the ice in first with the fresh herbs on top so that once the cup has it’s blending blades screwed on and is flipped over, the leaves will be shredded first, then the ice blended.
Blend until ice reaches your desired texture. Pour into your favorite glass/cup, garnish, (If using honey drizzle with honey at this time.) and serve. As you may know from reading yesterday’s post, I prefer margarita glasses. Because they are fun. If you have left over fresh thyme, garnishing with a sprig makes for a lovely drink. But if you’d rather save your herbs for eating and seasoning, there’s no real need for a garnish.
For me personally, the full teaspoon of lime juice can sometimes be a little much. This drink is equally tasty with only a half teaspoon of lime juice or no lime juice at all. When I’m extra lazy and don’t have any lime juice and don’t want to head to the store, I totally make it without any lime juice and just have the lemon thyme which I use because it grows in the back yard.
Tomorrow? Lavender and Vanilla blended ice drink.
(*NOTE: If you do not have lemon thyme, you can use a substitute of regular thyme and a half teaspoon of lemon juice.)
(*Another note: This drink may be a little grainy textured to some because of the blended herbs in it. It’s just the texture of macerated herbs. But, some people may not enjoy it.)
Did you like this post? Are you thinking of trying out some low-calorie high flavor blended ice drinks to cool off with this summer? Give me a shout out and let me know what your favorite was. But be warned. The recipes are quite savory.
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