Drink of the week (a little late)…

If you follow me on Facebook, you saw this picture of a delicious Lemon-Thyme Tequila Spritzer last Thursday:

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You also saw that I promised a recipe Friday, which has long since passed. Here’s what happened. After sipping on several of these beauties, I decided that I needed to play around with the original recipe, which didn’t happen until much later in the weekend.

When I started this blog (a distant three weeks ago…) I knew that I wanted to share tried-and-true recipes. I want my readers to be able to come here and know they are getting a great recipe. I promise that I will never post a recipe that I have not tested, tasted and approved. Lots of the recipes I will share will be from other sources. I will always credit and link to the original recipe. However, there will be many times that I will put my own twist or infuse my personal taste on something, which I will also share within the post. 

This recipe is no different. The original inspiration for this recipe came from a post on Pinterest, from another blog, Love and Homemade Recipes. I am a big fan of herbs in my cocktails, so I knew I had to give this one a try. The original recipe is lovely – though, I felt I wanted to tweak it a little for my tastes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

 Ingredients

Organic lemons, sugar, thyme, good tequila (I use Patron), and sparkling water. First thing you want to do is make the simple syrup. If you are able, make this in advance, so it has time to cool and the thyme can to infuse the syrup. Combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, the zest of 2 lemons and a bunch of thyme (the more you add, the more thyme flavor you’ll get) in a saucepan. If you are unable to make the syrup in advance, put more thyme in. Bring syrup to a low boil and simmer for 5 – 10 minutes. Let syrup cool completely. 

By the way, does everyone have a zester? It is an indispensible kitchen tool that will make quick work of the zesting task. I also use mine for grating small amounts of parmesan cheese or shaved chocolate. This is what one looks like. You can buy them at any kitchen supply store.

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 Ok, back to the recipe. Squeeze the juice of six lemons and strain the juice into a small pitcher (1L). Add 1/2 cup tequila to the pitcher, the cooled simple syrup, a handful of ice and fill the remainder of the pitcher with sparkling water. Stir well. Float some lemon slices and sprigs of thyme in the pitcher for decoration. Fill some pretty glasses with lemon slices, a sprig of thyme, ice and the spritzer and enjoy!

This is a delightfully refreshing drink – I hope you love it as much as I do!

Lemon-Thyme Tequila Spritzer
A deliciously refreshing summer cocktail.
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Ingredients
  1. Lemon-Thyme Simple Syrup
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 2 organic lemons, zested
  5. 10 sprigs thyme
To prepare drink
  1. 6 lemons, juiced and strained
  2. 1/2 cup good tequila
  3. sparkling water
  4. ice
  5. lemon slices
  6. thyme sprigs (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar, water, lemon zest and thyme sprigs in saucepan. Bring to low boil and simmer for 5 - 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. Strain simple syrup and pour into a small pitcher, combine lemon juice, tequila, a handful of ice, and fill the remaining space with sparkling water. Stir well. Serve over ice with lemon slices and a sprig of thyme for garnish.
Notes
  1. Try to make the simple syrup ahead of time and leave the thyme sprigs in the syrup to infuse more flavor.
Adapted from Kelly Brisson, The Gouda Life
Good at Everything http://goodateverything.net/

 

 

 

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