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Trend Alert: Savory Cocktails

We're so over sugary appletinis and blue Malibu rums -- the new cocktail is infused with unexpected ingredients like jasmine tea and bacon (yeah, you heard right). Steal one of these recipes and work with your caterer to add some creative flavor to your reception.

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Savory Ingredient: Thyme

Made in a classic style with Bols genever, a re-released herbal gin predecessor, this cocktail should balance bitter with just a hint of sweet.

    "Thyme for Romance" (makes 1)
  • 1/2 in. piece fresh ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 oz. Bols genever
  • 1 oz. thyme-infused simple syrup (see below)
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

Muddle ginger in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add Bols genever, simple syrup, lime juice, bitters, and ice. Shake and strain into a small cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

    simple syrup:
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup water

Pour sugar and water into a small saucepan and, stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool and refrigerate in a glass jar.

Excerpted from The Bubbly Bride, by Natalie Bovis ©2010 Globe Pequot Press

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