Happy Friday Friends! Gray skies and never ending rain won’t put a damper on my weekend festivities! Kicking things off with this bright summery Strawberry Thyme Cocktail that combines a simple strawberry syrup with earthy thyme leaves.
Have you tried making your own syrups? I’ve been doing it for a while now and absolutely love it! They are simple to make and can be used in a variety of ways – over ice cream, pancakes or waffles, in oatmeal, with plain soda water and anywhere else you’d like to add a bit of sweetness. Bottled up and tied with ribbon, they make a lovely hostess gift. Enjoy!
Strawberry Simple Syrup
1 lbs Strawberries, cleaned, hulled and cut into smaller pieces
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
Place strawberries in a medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and let the strawberries cook for 20 minutes, at which point the strawberries should have lost most of their colour, leaving a bright pink liquid. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer. While tempting, do not press down on solids to extract more liquid, doing so will produce a cloudy, sediment-ed syrup.
Return the liquid to the stove and add sugar. Bring back to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
2 ounces Gin
1-2 ounces Strawberry Simple Syrup (depending on how sweet you’d like your drink)
1/2 ounce Lime Juice
Lemon-Lime Soda to top
2-3 springs of thyme for garnish
Add syrup and thyme leaves to a cocktail shaker, muddle to break down the thyme leaves a little. Add gin, lime juice and fill shaker with ice. Shake until the shaker get cold and frosts, pour into cocktail a Glass, top with soda and ice and garnish with thyme.
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