Summer Drink Makeovers With Flavor-Infused Simple Syrups

Summer Drink Makeovers With Flavor-Infused Simple Syrups

It’s that time of year when stepping outside feels like you’re walking into a sauna. I find myself counting down the days until cooler temperatures arrive, but I know those days are still far off.

I figure it’s not worth holding onto a “grass is always greener” mentality when it comes to weather in Chicago. After all, spending my summer days wishing for fall will only come back to haunt me when I turn into a human icicle come winter.

If we’re going to embrace the heat and humidity, ice-cold beverages are a must. I love creating homemade sweeteners to add a unique twist to basic summer drinks. After I started playing around with flavor-infused simple syrup recipes last summer, I became obsessed. The combinations are endless.

Strawberry-Thyme Simple Syrup


  • Strawberry-Thyme Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 6-7 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6-7 strawberries, hulled and halved
  • Additional thyme and strawberries to garnish beverage
Read the whole recipe on offbeat + inspired