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.
- 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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