I tried this cocktail on Thursday (because all cocktails need a test run, right?) and it was just kind of bland and I did not think the tequila was really the best in this application. But I thought the idea had potential. So, I worked on it Friday and found that my “fixes” made a much better beverage!
So, I thought I’d share my recipe with you all, in case you want to try it out… say like tonight, non?
Step One: Make a blackberry-thyme simple syrup
- 1-pint blackberries
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- lemon zest (I used 4 strips from a very small lemon)
- 6 sprigs of thyme
Combine berries, water, sugar, and lemon zest and bring to boil. Stir to ensure sugar has dissolved and to mash berries a bit. Add thyme and bring heat down and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat, cover, and let sit for 15 minutes to steep. Strain mixture and cool before refrigerating. Will last approximately 10 days.
Step Two: Make Cocktail
- 2-ounces Dry Gin (I used London Dry Gin)
- 1.5-ounce blackberry-thyme syrup
- 1-ounce fresh lemon juice
- Sparkling water
Combine gin, syrup, and lemon juice over ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Serve over ice in tall glass and top with sparkling water and enjoy!
I found this to be an incredibly delicious and refreshing cocktail.
AND, totally unrelated but incredibly awesome!!
Yesterday, the mail carrier brought a lovely little surprise to my doorstep from Washington D.C. Yes, my dear friend Honoré sent me the loveliest little gift! It is a mouse pad that you can take notes on! And, it is so wonderful! As you can see, I am already using it (although – no notes…yet!) Thank you so much, Honoré for this lovely gift! Even the Roald Dahl quote is perfect – and it reminds me of her!
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Honore is so sneaky, isn’t she? Just the BEST!! Love that Roald Dahl quote.
That cocktail sounds EXCELLENT!! I may have to make that pronto (need to get the blackberries) – and I may try it with rosemary that I am growing rather than the thyme.
Hmm, I wonder if I could sub a different herb for the thyme in the simple syrup, as I don’t really care for thyme. Mint? Rosemary? Might have to experiment a bit.
What a genius mouse pad! I’m always taking notes, but I reuse paper from work that’s only been used on one side and tear it into quarter sheets — but of course those notes get lost easily.
Thanks so much for the cocktail recipe! It looks and sounds delicious, and I can’t wait to taste it. I’m shopping for the ingredients tonight (and may be day drinking tomorrow)!
Love the mouse pad and the quote. Enjoy a very Happy Tuesday!
Oh, that cocktail sounds delicious!! I think I’ll be shopping for ingredients, too! What a nice gift.
That cocktail is so vibrant! I’m not a fan of gin but everything else sounds great.
So glad the postal service delivered! have fun with your mouse paper pad!And do enjoy the tequila. Looks good! And stay cool!
what a sweet and thoughtful gift – I adore the quote too 🙂
what a great post – love the drink and the little shout out to Honoré <3
Honore is a sweetie!!!!