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
- Juice the lemon through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl or juicer. Stir honey into lemon juice until dissolved.
- 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.
- Smack or rub the thyme sprig together in your hands to bring out the flavors a bit more before garnishing your cocktail with it.