This weather has us seeking out two different kinds of cocktails: those that are physically warming and those that make us think warm, summery thoughts. Thyme meets this criteria as a double duty modifier, evoking the flavors of roasted meats and vegetables typical of winter, as well as bright herbaceous flavors that accompany summer. Even simpler to make than so-called simple syrup, this sweetener works well with clearer spirits like vodka and gin, but you don't need our permission to try it with whatever you want. We recommend starting with our Beekeeper's Blanket or the Florida Daydream.
- 1/4 C honey (we like using wildflower or buckwheat honey for their rich, robust flavors)
- 1/4 C hot water
- 12 sprigs Thyme
In a mason jar or container with a cover, add the sprigs of thyme and muddle them.
Pour in the honey and hot water and cover the container. Shake vigorously until the honey is dissolved. Refrigerate for at least an hour before using.