Can you believe that Easter is less than two weeks away? I swear, it feels like I’m still digesting Thanksgiving dinner. I must be getting old. Needless to say, Erica, Karen and I had to celebrate . . . you know how we do it! Two words: Easter brunch. We got you covered. This year, rather than getting all punch-happy I decided to keep it simple but fun with this DIY lemonade bar. I gathered up a bunch of my favorite herbs and made simple syrups. We tied fresh herbs around the corresponding syrups for identification. Then, I displayed each syrup next to a big batch of unsweetened lemonade so that guests are able to customize their own flavor and sweeten to taste. Be sure to check back for more from our Easter brunch, as we share our modern takes on classic Easter recipes. In the meantime, you can head over to Pottery Barn for a sneak peak, as well other entertaining tips.

Herbal Lemonade Station // HonestlyYUM

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups lemon juice
  • 12 cups sparkling water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup dried lavender
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme
  • 5 cups sugar for syrup (or 1 cup for each syrup you plan on making)
  • 5 cups water for syrup (or 1 cup for each syrup you plan on making)

Herbal Lemonade Station // HonestlyYUM

To make the mint syrup:

Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar completely dissolves.

Mint // HonestlyYUM

Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and add the fresh mint. Stir until all the leaves are coated in syrup and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a glass jar and let cool before serving. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Mint Syrup // HonestlyYUM

To make the lavender syrup:

Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar completely dissolves.

Lavender // HonestlyYUM

Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and add the dried lavender. Stir until all the buds are coated in syrup and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a glass jar and let cool before serving. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Lavender Syrup // HonestlyYUM

Lavender Syrup // HonestlyYUM

To make the rosemary syrup:

Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar completely dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and add the fresh rosemary. Stir until all the leaves are coated in syrup and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a glass jar and let cool before serving. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Rosemary Syrup // HonestlyYUM

To make the thyme syrup:

Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar completely dissolves.

Thyme Syrup // HonestlyYUM

Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and add the fresh thyme. Stir until all the sprigs are coated in syrup and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a glass jar and let cool before serving. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Thyme Syrup // HonestlyYUM

To make the basil syrup:

Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar completely dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and add the fresh basil. Stir until all the leaves are coated in syrup and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a glass jar and let cool before serving. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Basil Syrup // HonestlyYUM

Just before your guests arrive, add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and sparkling water to your beverage dispenser and stir to combine.

Herbal Lemonade Station // HonestlyYUM

Remove your herbal syrups from the refrigerator and display next to the beverage dispenser. Tie each herb around its corresponding jar with a piece of twine so your guests can identify which syrup is which.

Herbal Lemonade Station // HonestlyYUM

And you’re ready to serve! Fill your glass with ice and add the lemon-sparkling water mixture. Make sure to save some room for syrup.

Herbal Lemonade Station // HonestlyYUM

Sweeten to taste with the syrup of your choice, and garnish with a sprig of fresh herb.

Herbal Lemonade Station // HonestlyYUM

Cheers!!

Herbal Lemonade Station // HonestlyYUM

(images by HonestlyYUM; Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $69, Sculpted Bunny Drink Dispenser Stand $39.50)