Over the weekend we explored a new (to us) cocktail combination of gin, thyme and lemon and tonic. Is it too early to start talking cocktails? No, I think not, its Friday afterall, and its been a busy/stressful/draining week.
I’m sure there will be much improving on this cocktail as the spring progresses, because while it was good, but I have a feeling it could be really, really good with a bit more effort, and a bit less laziness. I muddled a bit of fresh thyme and poured in a few shots of gin, then forgot about it for a while accidentally. I wished I’d left it together longer to “marinate” as Intern would say. I could have even made a thyme simple syrup, as this recipe recommends. Our tonic had cane sugar in it, so we skipped the simple syrup completely. It has a nice fresh flavor, and the scent is more thyme-y than the flavor. As for a recipe… this is a vague one, with room for improvising:
Lazy Thyme cocktail
2 oz gin
2 tbsp lime juice
several sprigs of fresh thyme
healthy splash of tonic water
Muddle thyme, and pour gin over thyme. Leave for 20-30 minutes or longer, and try to busy yourself with some necessary task like feeding your cats, answering an inappropriately timed email from a client, or root around in your pantry for those spanish almonds you are convinced are in there (they are not, trust me). Once you’ve almost forgotten that you had previously been making a cocktail, get back in the kitchen and pour your thyme-gin mixture into a shaker over ice, add the lime juice, and give it a good shake. Pour over a strainer into a very, very chilled cocktail glass that you had the foresight to chill prior to forgetting your drink, then top with tonic a fresh sprig of thyme and enjoy.
1. Lunch: Roasted radishes and radish greens in a farro, arugula salad with goat cheese, shallot and lemon
2. Lunch (and dinner): Fridge-clearing lentil, onion, roasted squash and serrano chili soup
3. Dinner: Seared Lamb! with garlic and rosemary, roasted hasselback potatoes, arugula salad
4. Breakfast: Cornmeal blueberry muffins. Cat-approved.
5. Breakfast: Smoothies! Green! with chia seeds, spinach, lime, mango and mandarins.