Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Drink Recipe: Lemon Thyme Martini

A couple of great things happened in the last few weeks to culminate in this great fun holiday cocktail. I was making a lemon thyme lamb stew and had thought that the lemon and thyme really complimented each other very well and had been thinking about that combo since. Next thing I know I'm at the grocery store and see lemon sugar. It was at that point that I had the revelation...the sugar would make the perfect rim for a martini; a lemon thyme martini. 3 tries later and I think we perfected it!

Lemon Thyme Martini

  • juice of 2 lemons (1-1/2 to 2 oz)
  • 1 oz thyme simple syrup*
  • 2 oz vodka (or 3oz if you wish)
  • lemon sugar for garnish (or any good granular sugar)
  • lemon twist for garnish
Chill martini glass in freezer while making the drink. Add ingredients together in shaker, add ice, shake. Use a wet paper towel to wipe rim of martini glass and push into sugar for garnish. Strain shaken drink into glass and serve. You can also add a lemon twist for extra credit.

*I used 1 package of fresh thyme in 2 cups of water with 2 cups of sugar (1:1 ratio) See how I did it here with lavender if you need a refresher.

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