There’s nothing quite like a good homemade cocktail – it’s a lot more economical than going out and I’m not above drinking something fancy while wearing sweatpants.
The thing about homemade cocktails is they have to have few ingredients and be relatively simple to make. When I see a cocktail recipe I’ll typically dismiss it if there are tons of special liqueurs and ingredients. I’ll leave the flaming coffees to the professionals…I want something easy to make that is a little more elevated than mixing booze with soda. Usually all you need is alcohol + simple syrup + a mixer, the more natural and less sweet the mixer, the better!
These Thyme Gimlets are super easy and delicious – you can definitely use regular simple syrup, but herb-infused syrups always add a nice touch and don’t take much extra effort. Plus, if I’m purchasing fresh herbs at the store I almost always find myself with extra, and making an infused simple syrup is a great way to use them up.
By Baked Northwest
Makes 1 cocktail
- 2 ounces vodka (Gin would be great too!)
- 2 ounces lime juice
- 1 ounce thyme syrup (recipe follows)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 7-8 sprigs of fresh thyme
1. Make the thyme syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water and the sugar and thyme. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Let cool, then strain out herbs.
2. Add vodka, lime juice, thyme syrup, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with herb sprigs.