Top view of a glass of lemonade garnished with thyme

Elderflower Lemonade

Elevate your beverage game with a floral twist on a classic refresher. Not only is it pretty as a garden in bloom, the elderflowers and thyme give it a flavour that’s light, fresh, and almost minty. We promise it will knock your socks off – or your sandals if it’s patio season!


4-6 servings


15 minutes


10 minutes + steeping time


For the Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup (50 g) dried elderflower petals
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • 1 cup (218 g) Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme

To Serve:

  • 6 cups (1500 ml) water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 recipe of simple syrup
  • 4-6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


For the Simple Syrup:

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar has dissolved; about 5-7 minutes.

Cooking pot full of thyme, water, and elderflowers, with a wooden stirring spoon

Turn off heat, cover pot and let steep for 1 hour. Place in fridge and cool completely. Once cooled strain syrup.

To serve:

In a large jug whisk together water, lemon juice and simple syrup; refrigerate for 1 hour.

Serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of thyme and a lemon wedge.

Two glasses of lemonade on ice with lemon slices and garnished with thyme


*Add frozen berries to the finished lemonade for a berry twist.