Thyme n’ lime — an herb-infused vodka cocktail

I’ve been wanting to make herb-infused liquor for awhile now and finally tried it with some excess thyme that somehow survived the brutal summer it’s endured in my garden. I strained it after three days and it really made a nice, subtle, earthy difference in the flavor of this cocktail, which is kind of a limey, peachy, bubbly concoction.

For the vodka:
Soak several sprigs of thyme in about 16 oz vodka for about three days in a sealed container (I used a jar). Strain into a clean bottle or airtight jar.

The cocktail, for two:
In a shaker, combine four oz of the vodka, two oz peach liqueur, and the juice of two limes (fresh squeezed). Add a few cubes of ice and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.

Strain into two glasses and top with a dry champagne. Add sprigs of thyme for garnish. Enjoy!

Honeybee Sour — A Version of the Bee’s Knees Gin Cocktail

This is basically a fancified Bees Knees cocktail. I’m calling it, “Honeybee Sour.” We used grapefruit gin, lemon juice, almond extract, honey, an egg white and some club soda. This would have been great with some thyme or rosemary as a garnish but I didn’t think of it in time. There’s always tomorrow!

For two:
Grapefruit gin (click here for one we love)
Juice of a whole lemon
About two tablespoons honey
1 tsp. almond extract
1 egg white
Shake all of the above ingredients with a couple cubes of ice. Pour into glasses like these and top off with club soda. Enjoy!

Gin Fizz with Garden Herbs

This cocktail is light and fresh, and since it’s officially spring herb season feel free to sub the rosemary for your favorite or what you have in your garden!

Ingredients (serves two):

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries (raspberries or cranberries work well)
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • Two tablespoons raw honey
  • About six or seven mint leaves
  • A rough tablespoon of rosemary
  • Two sprigs of rosemary for garnish
  • Ice for the shaker
  • Topo Chico
  • Two small coupe glasses or some mismatched glassware like these.

Muddle the berries and herbs until the berries mush and you can smell them mixing with the rosemary and mint. Add the honey and muddle to mix. Add the gin, wine and lime juice and shake vigorously.

Pour equal amounts in to the glasses (they will be about half full). Top off with Topo Chico and add rosemary for garnish.

Honeybee Sour — A Version of the Bee’s Knees Gin Cocktail

This is basically a fancified Bees Knees cocktail. I’m calling it, “Honeybee Sour.” We used grapefruit gin, lemon juice, almond extract, honey, an egg white and some club soda. This would have been great with some thyme or rosemary as a garnish but I didn’t think of it in time. There’s always tomorrow!

For two:
Grapefruit gin (click here for one we love)
Juice of a whole lemon
About two tablespoons honey
1 tsp. almond extract
1 egg white
Shake all of the above ingredients with a couple cubes of ice. Pour into glasses like these and top off with club soda. Enjoy!

Gin and Sauvignon sipper: An Every Day Gin Cocktail for the Wine Drinker

Sometimes you just need a good drink in the middle of the week. This one is stout without being too strong, flavorful but not overwhelming, and goes great with relaxing by a fire.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz gin (this kind is lovely)
  • 1 oz Sauvignon Blanc white wine
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liquor
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • Top off with Rambler grapefruit flavored sparkling water
  • A couple of teaspoons, to taste, maraschino cherry juice

Place a few large cubes of ice in a glass (this one is gorgeous and a good deal). Add all ingredients except maraschino juice, and stir. Add the cherry juice at the end and let it settle on its own. Drink.

Tequila cocktail: Champagne Palomas

Just an easy and fun twist on a classic for your weekend! Happy drinking!

Makes 2:

3 oz silver #tequila

Juice of a large grapefruit

2 oz simple syrup

3 oz lime juice

1 mini bottle or six oz #champagne

Mix all ingredients over ice in a shaker (click here for a really cool one!). Rim two glasses (these are beautiful and classic) with salt and add a large ice cube or several small ones. Pour the mixture over the ice and too with the champagne. Enjoy!

Gin and Sauvignon sipper

Sometimes you just need a good drink in the middle of the week. This one is stout without being too strong, flavorful but not overwhelming, and goes great with relaxing by a fire.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Empress gin (this gives it the beautiful color, but other types will work)
  • 1 oz Sauvignon Blanc white wine
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liquor
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • Top off with Rambler grapefruit flavored sparkling water
  • A couple of teaspoons, to taste, maraschino cherry juice

Place a few large cubes of ice in a glass. Add all ingredients except maraschino juice, and stir. Add the cherry juice at the end and let it settle on its own. Drink.

Rosemary Gin Fizz

This cocktail was light and fresh and one of my first home cocktail-making experiences with gin (and you can see I like to use rosemary).

Ingredients (serves two):

  • 1 mini bottle (or a 2 oz shot) The Gin Factory Rosemary Gin
  • 1/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • Two tablespoons raw honey
  • About six or seven mint leaves
  • A rough tablespoon of rosemary
  • Two sprigs of rosemary for garnish
  • Ice for the shaker
  • Topo Chico
  • Two small coupe glasses

Muddle the cranberries and herbs until the cranberries pop and you can smell them mixing with the rosemary and mint. Add the honey and muddle to mix. Add the gin, wine and lime juice and shake vigorously.

Pour equal amounts in to the glasses (they will be about half full). Top off with Topo Chico and add rosemary for garnish.

Christmas Sangria

I love making fancy cocktails. I got especially enthusiastic about cocktails when I realized I can put herb sprigs from my garden in them and smell all that goodness while having a nice drink. Here’s a little something I concocted last night—I’m calling it Christmas Sangria.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 oz dry red wine (I used a zin. You could use a sweeter wine or an actual sangria but I prefer my drinks on the dryer side).
  • 1 oz bourbon (you don’t need much, the combo of bourbon and wine gives this one a punch)
  • A tablespoon simple syrup or honey, to taste
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • A squeeze of orange juice
  • A few fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary for garnish
  • A pretty glass full of ice
  • A cocktail shaker

Pour all ingredients Except the cranberries and rosemary into the shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour over ice. Serves 1.