Aficionado

I feel like everytime I go to the grocery store I grab a pack or two of fresh herbs. Thyme, sage, rosemary, mint…. you can’t go wrong. They freshen up your meals and are perfect for cocktails! But luckily it’s that time of the year where I no longer have to go to the store to get herbs, I get to just reach out my backdoor and pluck a few sprigs from my herb ‘garden’. And when I say garden I mean my hangings pots – which I freaking love the look of!

I’ve played around with a lot of herbs and liquor combos and I think I’ve narrowed it down to Rosemary and Bourbon, Thyme and Gin, and you’re going to think I’m going a little nutso over here, but Cilantro and Mezcal. The Aficionado uses thyme and gin and it’s the perfect cocktail to give a very warm (long-awaited) hello to Summer.

Aficionado | makes 1 cocktail


1 large, juicy lemon
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 tablespoon honey (I used a thyme infused honey)
2 ounces good gin (I used Hendricks)
1 ounce Dry Vermouth
  1. Juice the lemon through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl or juicer. Stir honey into lemon juice until dissolved.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in lemon juice mixture, gin, thyme sprig and Vermouth. Shake well until the ice has begun to break apart. Place a few ice cubes into a single old fashioned glass and pour drink into glass.
  3. Smack or rub the thyme sprig together in your hands to bring out the flavors a bit more before garnishing your cocktail with it.

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Sippin’ on a Southern Summer

D.C. isn’t the south… I know this. But this cocktail will take you to a southern state of mind regardless of where you’re sipping it! The black walnut bitters really compliment the sweet ripe peach and it mixes oh so well with the smooth bourbon flavor leaving you with just a hint of mint. Speaking on mint… I understand not all have mint infused simple syrup at the ready in the fridge, but I highly recommend you whip up a batch to change that! You can use the mint syrup for so much more than just cocktails. For example, throw a dash or two in hot or iced tea instead of granular sugar for a refreshing twist! I do usually have some on stocked in a mason jar in our fridge so it’s chilled, but if you don’t have any on hand it’s about the easiest thing to make:

Mint Infused Simple Syrup: Pour equal parts sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add about 6-8 whole sprigs of mint and stir. Chill before using in cocktails.

 

Southern Summer | Yields 2 cocktails

3 oz of Bourbon

1.5 oz of Mint Infused Simple Syrup

1/2 Peach, muddled

3 dashes of Black Walnut Bitters

 

In a shaker muddle half of a peach. Add in bourbon, simple syrup, and 3 hefty dashes of Black Walnut Bitters. Add ice halfway up the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with a slice of peach and enjoy!

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