- small handful of fresh thyme (fine stems and leaves)
- ¾ oz lemon juice
- ½ oz Cointreau
- ½ oz simple syrup (see note)
- 1 ½ vodka
- 3 oz soda water
- 4 drops FPJ Orange Bitters
- thyme sprig
Place thyme, lemon juice, Cointreau, and simple syrup in a mixing glass with no ice (if you don’t have a mixing glass, you can use the bottom of a cocktail shaker, a 500ml mason jar, or other large cup). Muddle the ingredients together, and then add the remaining ingredients to the mixing glass. Add several ice cubes, and stir until chilled. Strain into a tall glass or a double Old Fashioned with some fresh ice. Garnish with a thyme sprig or two. You can serve the cocktail with a metal or paper straw if you like!
Note: To make simple syrup, follow the Highbush Cranberry Syrup recipe above, but leave out the berries (ie. just add sugar and water).
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Put in a small saucepan; heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a simmer. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat, and let the syrup cool completely. Strain into a clean jar, label, and store in the refrigerator. The syrup will keep for up to two weeks.
Mocktail Variation of Lemon Thyme Smash
Omit Cointreau and vodka. Follow instructions as above, but increase soda water to 4 oz. Now you have a booze-free, kid-friendly version!