You may have noticed when you came to the site today that things are a little clearer, easier to read, and the archives a little more functional. Yesterday, Kathryne helped me fix and tweak a few things on the site that have bothered me for months, but I have little skill or know how in making those changes. She’s a pure wizard when it comes this stuff. So, nothing crazy, but hopefully your reading experience is a bit improved. (Thanks, Kathryne!)
At this point, you probably have your Thanksgiving sides and desserts figured out, but let’s not forget the drinks! This bourbon thyme cocktail was inspired by one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, BLVD Tavern. We’re in walking distance, so we’ve tried their thyme-infused Old Fashioned on more than one occasion, and I felt it was high time I make a homemade version to add to my cocktail repertoire.
To make the simple syrup refined-sugar-free, I used honey to replace the white sugar. The honey melds beautifully with the thyme and bourbon, creating a warming fall sipper. If you are vegan, agave would work as a replacement. I can see even maple syrup being good here.
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- 4 teaspoons thyme simple syrup (recipe below)
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1½ ounces bourbon
- 1 lemon peel, for garnish
- Thyme Simple Syrup:
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup water
- 4 sprigs thyme
- Start with making the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine honey, water, and thyme sprigs over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until honey has dissolved into water. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Once cool, remove thyme sprigs and transfer to an airtight container.
- When ready to make cocktail, add 4 teaspoons of the thyme simple syrup and the 3 dashes of bitters to an Old Fashioned glass. Swirl syrup and bitters around in glass. Add bourbon, ice, lemon peel, and stir. Enjoy!