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Thyme to Make Your Own Simple Syrup

June 26, 2012

I’ve been mildly obsessed the last few weeks with thyme infused cocktails because well, they are f’n great. As I mentioned in the Nec of Thyme posting, the herbaciousness and citrusy flavor profile of thyme makes it ideal for summer fruit and liquor. In the Old Man Thyme, the balance comes from Red Jacket Orchard’s apricot stomp which pairs with Cachaça like you wouldn’t believe. But adding a few thyme sprigs after you are all shook up won’t do the trick here…

Simple syrups are one of the easiest game changing ingredients you should be making on your own. Traditionally a mix of 50/50 sugar and water, the simple syrup is the perfect way to sweeten your drinks in a controllable fashion. Sugar itself is difficult to dissolve on the fly so by producing the simple syrup in advance, you can have this cocktail ingredient constantly at your disposal. But there’s no reason to stop at sugar and water.

One of the greatest ways to impart flavors into your drinks is through simple syrup. Herbs and spices in particularly transfer their flavor extremely well in simple syrup production so you can really take this process and run with it. I’ve cut back on the sugar content over the years as I find the full sweetness level of traditional simple syrups can be overwhelming, and I love adding some citrus to the mix to further balance the flavors. Start making yourself some herb based simple syrups and I promise you’ll be making impressive cocktails constantly. Plus, when you decide you need a day off, and the only way you can convince yourself not to drink is to trick yourself (I’m not the only one, right?), these simple syrups in iced tea or seltzer are really friggin refreshing. Enjoy!

Lemon Thyme Simple Syrup

1 ½ cups water

Juice of one lemon

1 cup sugar

1 bunch of fresh thyme

In a sauce pan bring the first three ingredients to a boil and stir quickly to ensure the sugar has dissolved. Add the fresh thyme, turn the heat off and let the simple syrup sit for one hour. Remove the fresh thyme and store the syrup in a container in the refrigerator until use.

Old Man Thyme

2 oz cachaça

1 oz lemon thyme syrup

3 oz Red Jacket Orchards apricot stomp

1 lime wedge

Splash of seltzer

Thyme for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, shake the first three ingredients and pour over a rocks glass with ice. Finish with a splash of seltzer, a squeeze of the lime, and some fresh thyme for garnish.

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