No. 218: Grilled Lemonade

We've started spending a bit of our Saturday mornings with the The Kitchen. It's a fun, lively show, with a good mix of personalities in the five chef hosts. Dare I say, I have learned a few things by watching.

This week, Katie Lee (who is growing on me with every episode) featured grilled lemonade as a wonderful summer treat. We were excited to try it with our own twists.


Makes two glasses
4 lemons, two for grilling and two for fresh squeezing
1/4 cup simple syrup
2 sprigs thyme
3 ounces bourbon=
Orange flavored sparkling water or club soda
Ice cubes

To make

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Cut two of the lemons in thick slices and dip each lemon slice in the sugar.

Sugar and lemon

Grill the lemon slices cut-side down until grill marks appear, about 6 minutes. Remove from the grill and let cool.

Grilled lemon

Cut the remaining two lemons in half and squeeze one lemon into each glass. Squeeze several of the grilled lemon slices into each of the glasses as well.

To each glass add half the syrup, 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon, and ice. Stir. Top with sparkling water or soda. Garnish with a grilled lemon slice and sprig of thyme.

The results

The caramelized sugar on these lemons is incredibly fun and delicious. I love how the grill brings out the sweet and sugary elements perfectly.

Grilled lemonade

I also loved the addition of the orange flavored sparkling water, which helped cut the bourbon taste a bit for me:)

You can always leave out the bourbon for a fun twist on lemonade that still packs some serious punch. Just be sure to still include the thyme sprigs!

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Amelia McCormick

Kansas girl transplanted to Asheville, North Carolina. Smiler, lover of great food and wine, facilitator, runner, storyteller, wife, optimist, and mother of sweet twins:)

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