Bites and Booze

A Summer Afternoon

A Summer AfternoonMy friend, Breezy, and I have a saying,  “Anything with an herb”.  We are suckers for cocktails that combine herbs and infusions with liquor.  If it has a “sprig” of anything, we’ll take it.  You had us at rosemary.  We are a mixologists’ dream and an old school bartenders’ nightmare.  (I’m not sure of the punctuation on that.  I’ve been taste testing.)

Anywho, I came up with this drink while trying to think of something exciting for this holiday weekend.  My official taste tester upstairs, Katie, said it tasted like A Summer Afternoon.  It’s definitely a day drinking cocktail.  Perfect to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend.  Start infusing!

First make the Thyme Ginger Syrup, well before you want to start imbibing.  It needs to cool.

Ingredients:

1/4 raw honey
1 cup water
20 sprigs of thyme
1- 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced

Heat all ingredients in a sauce pan over high heat, until it comes to a boil.  Once at a boil remove from heat and let the syrup cool.  Once cooled, strain through a sieve into a jar. This makes about a cup.  It should last for a while in the fridge.  But, you’ll probably use it all in one day… You alky. 😉

Ingredients for one cocktail:

4 Tablespoons or 1/4 cup tequila
Juice of two mandarin oranges
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 Tablespoons thyme ginger syrup
1 Strawberry, sliced
A few sprigs of thyme to garnish

In a rocks glass, muddle the strawberry.  Fill glass with ice.  Pour in tequila, orange and lemon juice and syrup.  Stir.  Garnish with sprigs of thyme.  Enjoy your afternoon.  Then, nap.

 

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