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Thyme to Kill Cocktail

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Thyme to Kill Cocktail
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 1
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Thyme to Kill Cocktail

Thyme simple syrup, gin, tonic, and candied thyme springs makes for a super-refreshing summer cocktail!

Ingredients

2
ounces gin
1 1/2
ounces thyme simple syrup
1/2
ounce elderflower liqueur (opt.)
2
ounces tonic water
Limes (garnish)
Candied thyme (garnish)

THYME SIMPLE SYRUP

1
cup sugar
2
cups water
8
sprigs fresh thyme

CANDIED THYME SPRIGS

Fresh thyme sprigs
1/4
cup thyme simple syrup
1/2
cup sugar

Directions

  • 1 To make simple syrup: combine ingredients in a small pan and bring to a light simmer. Simmer for two minutes, then remove from heat and let cool slowly to room temperature.
  • 2 Strain out thyme sprigs from syrup and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • 3 To make candied sprigs, dip whole sprigs in simple syrup and then toss with sugar. Let dry for at least thirty minutes before using as a garnish.
  • 4 To make one cocktail, add gin, simple syrup, and elderflower liquor to a shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  • 5 Pour cocktail into a tall glass and top with tonic water. Garnish with candied thyme and limes.
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Thyme to Kill Cocktail

As prepared by Macheesmo,

It’s pretty hard to improve on a gin and tonic, in my opinion.


On a hot summer day, it’s hard to beat!

But even as a serious gin and tonic lover, I’m sometimes in the mood for a change and my Thyme to Kill cocktail is equally delicious.

Thyme is not an herb that’s used a lot for cocktails but it pairs really nicely with the herbal tones in gin.

You can’t really just stick a sprig of thyme in a glass and expect to get much flavor out of it, though. To really bring out some good thyme flavors, I like to make a quick simple syrup loaded with it.

If you’ve never made simple syrup before, have no fear. It’s really easy and you only need three ingredients: sugar, water, and thyme. Combine all these in a pot and bring it to a simmer.

Making syrup

After the mixture simmers for a few minutes, the sugar should be dissolved. Kill the heat and let it cool slowly to room temperature. This will give the syrup plenty of time to absorb the thyme flavor.

Simmering syrup

Once it’s relatively cool, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for about two weeks without a problem. I like to store mine in a little canning jar for easy access!

Syrup done

If you want to get super-fancy, you can also make some quick candied thyme sprigs to garnish the drink with. I’m not sure I would bother with this step unless you are trying to show off!

If you want to, just get some nice fresh thyme sprigs and dip them in the thyme simple syrup. Then toss them with some sugar and let them dry for a few minutes.

I tried a few different methods of candying the thyme sprigs and that is the method that worked the best and was easiest. The top row of sprigs on the below plate used a complicated method involving egg whites. I wasn’t very happy with how they turned out and it was a lot of work – just go with the simple syrup method.

Candied thyme

When you’re ready to make a drink, combine all the ingredients in a large shaker glass with lots of ice and shake it like crazy for about ten seconds.

I personally like to mix in a small dash of elderflower liquor in my cocktail (St. Germain’s is a popular brand), but it’s optional.

Shaking drink

Once your drink is nice and chilled, pour it into a tall glass and top it off with some tonic water.

Garnish with limes and some of those candied thyme sprigs and you are in business.

Thyme to Kill Cocktail viewed from above

If you are looking for a fun and different cocktail to kill the heat, try this drink out!

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Nick had maybe more than one of these. He is a very thorough cocktail tester. Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo, his book, Cornerstone Cooking, and check out his Tablespoon profile.
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