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Herbaceous Libations: Gin Thyme Tonic

Gin Thyme Tonic
Gin Thyme TonicTaken by author

Gin, in all of its botanical glory, pairs superbly well with thyme. The wonderfully spicy, savory, and hint of minty herb that pairs so damn well with meat is also right at home in a cocktail glass... filled with gin. Rather than combating each other’s distinctive flavors, gin and thyme together create some serious herbaceous harmony. So go get yourself some thyme and take the time to prepare yourself this freakin' fantastic cocktail.

Gin Thyme Tonic

Thyme-infused syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • Sprigs of fresh thyme

*Simple syrup typically consists of a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water, but I wanted to cut down on the sugar and let the thyme shine to achieve a syrup that was more savory as opposed to sweet. The addition of the agave nectar cuts down on the calories while still adding sweetness.

Directions:

Combine the water, sugar and agave nectar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and add a few sprigs of thyme; add just a few sprigs (2-3) for a more subtle flavor or add a few more (4-6) for a more pungent flavor. Cover and let steep for at least 15 minutes. Chill before serving.

Cocktail:

  • 1 1/2 - 2 oz. gin (I used Solveig)
  • 1/2-1 oz. thyme-infused syrup
  • 1-2 oz. tonic water
  • Splash (or two) of lemon juice
  • Splash (or two) of lime juice
  • Sprig of thyme, for garnish
  • Ice

Directions:

Add a generous handful of ice to a cocktail glass. Add gin, tonic water, thyme-infused syrup, a splash (or two) of lemon and lime juice and stir. Garnish with a fresh sprig of thyme, if desired.

Sit, sip, and enjoy, driving all thoughts from your mind except how damn good and refreshing the Gin Thyme Tonic is.