© photo by Jake Brown

© photo by Jake Brown

This herbaceous bubbler is perfect for a pre-, during, or after dinner drink to help usher in spring. Featuring Barr Hill's honeyed gin that's infused with thyme (it's much easier than it sounds) and Caledonia Raw Honey syrup, it hits all the right notes. Slightly sweet, slightly tart, just herbal enough, a little dry, and a lot of refreshing.

For a Good Thyme, Call... (makes 1 drink)

  • 2 oz sparkling wine
  • 1 oz thyme-infused Barr Hill Gin
  • 1/2 oz rich Caledonia Raw Honey syrup (recipe below)
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice

In a cocktail shaker with ice add the gin, honey syrup and lemon juice. Shake for 15 seconds and strain into a coupe glass or champagne flute.

Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist.
 

Caledonia Raw Honey syrup (yields enough for up to 12 drinks)

Put 3/4 cup of Caledonia Raw Honey and 1/4 cup of syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to incorporate the ingredients. Let it come to room temperature before using. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Note: if you can't get Caledonia Raw Honey you can use another raw honey or just regular pure honey.

 

Thyme-infused gin

 In a 750ml bottle of Barr Hill Gin, add 1/2 cup of loosely packed fresh thyme leaves (just don't use the thick part of the stems). Infuse for about 12 hours and strain out leaves before use.

© photo by Jake Brown

© photo by Jake Brown

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