Happy Cocktail Friday to you, friends! I have to say, there are few things in the world more enjoyable than spending an afternoon or evening with girlfriends, especially when good food and cocktails are involved! Time with friends always rejuvenates me. Recently, I met up with a girlfriend for dinner and a couple of delicious drinks. She ordered her favorite Moscow Mule and I ordered a French Gimlet. I was intrigued by the fact that this particular French Gimlet (which usually consists of Gin and St. Germain) also featured thyme. After one sip I decided that this drink must make its way into my repertoire…with a Freutcake twist of course!
To add a bit more of an herbacious quality I made a quick thyme simple syrup to sweeten and flavor the gimlet. This Thyme & Elderflower Gimlet is light and refreshing while giving subtle savory hints of thyme. Definitely a Springtime cocktail you will want to try!
So, do you have any plans for the weekend? I hope it’s filled with good food, friends, and possibly a round of Thyme-Elderflower Gimlets!
photos by Leah Bergman
Thyme & Elderflower Gimlet
2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounce St-Germain
1 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce thyme simple syrup
fresh thyme for garnish
Thyme Simple Syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
6-8 sprigs of fresh thyme
1. In a small saucepan combine sugar and water and bring to a simmer stirring until all of the sugar is dissolved.
2. Stir in thyme sprigs and remove from heat, cover and allow thyme to steep in syrup until completely cool.
3. Store in a jar, refrigerated.
1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin, St-Germain, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake until well chilled and pour contents, ice and all into a cocktail tumbler.
2. Garnish with a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme.