This thyme honey gin sour is light, bright, and herby! It features fresh thyme, raw honey, and vibrant lemon juice. It is strong yet smooth! Perfect cocktail for a breezy day or fancy gathering.
We are coming to the end of summer! I am not going to lie, I am so excited for fall! But here in Arizona, it is still pretty hot outside. We have been doing a lot of grilling outdoors and hanging out in the backyard when the weather cools down at night. That's why I bring you this end-of-summer refreshing cocktail!
My garden's thyme plants are thriving along with basil, even through the heat! So I decided to make thyme honey for this gin sour. It is herby but perfectly sweet. If you're lucky enough to have wild thyme where you live, this is a perfect excuse to pick some and make this thyme infused honey.
This cocktail is timeless. Whether it is New Years Eve or a typical Thursday night, this lemon thyme gin sour elevates the night! So if you are soaking in these final days of summer like me, give this cocktail a try!
thyme infused honey
Sugar: You will need ½ cup of white sugar for this thyme honey.
Honey: For an excellent quality thyme honey, I suggest using unprocessed honey. Processed honey has less health benefits than raw honey since it undergoes traditional production methods. Some of the finest honey types are manuka honey, cretan honey, and greek honey. Just ½ cup of honey is needed for this recipe.
Water: Purified or filtered water makes the best simple syrup. You will need 1 cup of water.
Thyme: This thyme infused honey is a great way to use up any extra thyme you have in your garden! You will need about 10 sprigs of thyme for the honey and a couple additional pieces as an optional garnish.
gin sour cocktail
Gin: 3 ounces of gin is used in this gin cocktail. Since this is a strong and simple cocktail recipe, the quality of the ingredients is important. You will need a good quality high end gin. Some of my favorites are Hendricks, Tanqueray, and the Botanist.
Egg: You only need egg whites for this cocktail. You can get half of the whites from a medium egg or weigh out 15 grams of pasteurized egg whites.
Thyme infused honey: 2 ounces of the above thyme infused honey gives this cocktail its sweetness and flavor!
Lemon: 2 ounces of fresh lemon juice is included in this cocktail for to add a sour bitter taste. It is important to use fresh squeezed lemon and not the prepared juice bottle containing additives and preservatives.
variations & substitutions
Try using other citrus juice for different flavors! The lemon juice can be substituted with lime juice, grapefruit juice, or even fresh orange juice!
To give this cocktail a floral aroma and taste, substitute 1 ½ ounces of the gin with elderflower liqueur.
tips & tricks
Don't skip the dry shake of the egg white. Shaking the egg whites without ice in the cocktail shaker creates the frothy texture. Adding ice before dry shaking prohibits the creation of foam.
Use a good quality cocktail shaker. For function and aesthetic, I prefer a glass cocktail shaker. Here is the one I use, which keeps the lid on tight and has an easy screw top.
step by step instructions
Make the thyme infused honey. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the honey, sugar, water, and thyme. Bring to a simmer and then remove from heat. Set aside to infuse for at least 10-15 minutes. The honey should be a light amber color once fully infused from the thyme. The longer you let the thyme infuse in the honey, the stronger the flavor will be! Once infused, strain the thyme honey into a glass jar and refrigerate for at least an hour. Dispose of the thyme.
Make the cocktail. In a cocktail shaker, add the gin, lemon juice, thyme honey, and egg white. Dry shake for about 30 seconds to break up the egg whites and create foam. Do the dry shake vigorously for best results. Then add in the ice and shake for about 1 minute until the cocktail shaker is cold. Using a mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a fresh sprig of thyme & enjoy!
Store the thyme honey in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Is thyme honey good for you?
- Thyme honey has many nutritional benefits. It can help with a sore throat, boost your mood, and strengthen immunity.
What does thyme honey taste like?
- Thyme honey has herby, earthy flavor with the natural sweetness of honey. It is delicious in cocktails, tea, or even by itself!
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