Ginger Thyme Italian 75
***This post is made in collaboration with Empress 1908 Gin. All content, ideas and words are my own.***
Ginger Thyme Italian 75 is the type of cocktail that is perfect for any special occasion! It comes together with a beautiful ginger thyme simple syrup, lemon juice and a delicate, aromatic gin. And it is then topped off with a crisp prosecco. This cocktail is light, delicious and visually stunning. It is dressed to Empress! 😉
The Backstory on This Ginger Thyme Italian 75:
While in Italy, we had the pleasure of trying a delicious Italian 75 and it was absolutely magical. It was light in lemon flavor with an added touch of sparkling wine and gin. That cocktail was like nothing I have ever had before. So, as I left the restaurant that night, I knew that I would set out to create a version of my own once I went home. And I thought to myself, “What better way to recreate this memory than with my absolute favorite gin!”
Empress Gin is micro-distilled using eight botanicals, and because I know this gin so well, I knew it would pair beautifully with my idea of a ginger thyme simple syrup. And let me tell you, it is the PERFECT drink, and I love the way it turned out. My husband said, “This cocktail is a nice, smooth sipper!” So take it from him 😏 and give this Ginger Thyme Italian 75 a try. It is great for a holiday party, cocktail party, New Year’s Eve, or a fun date night.
Below is the recipe for my easy simple syrup and some tips to follow.
Ginger Thyme Simple Syrup:
- Water – 1/2 cup filtered
- Honey – 1/2 cup of your favorite brand
- Ginger & Thyme – For the syrup, all you need is a small handful of fresh thyme and a two-inch knob of fresh ginger.
- Tip – The longer you let the syrup steep the more potent the flavor will be. Don’t worry though, it is light in flavor and not overpowering in any way. (FYI: After two hours, the syrup is lightly flavored with the ginger and thyme, but after four hours it is a bit more intense. I personally like the way it tastes after four hours, but my husband likes the way it tastes after two).
Ginger Thyme Italian 75 Cocktail:
- When it comes to the gin and simple syrup, add to taste. The recipe below is moreso of a guide.
- Personally, I like to be able to taste a bit more of the ginger thyme flavor so I stick to 1.5 oz. of gin. Overall, it is faint, but I do like the hint of it. Meanwhile, my husband loves the taste of the syrup, but wants it a bit more gin forward and likes a full 2 oz. of gin.
- A note about the lemon. To balance out the flavors, you will need a fair amount of lemon juice. It may seem like a lot but, believe me, it works perfectly for this drink.
- Pro Tip: If you really want to impress your guests be sure to garnish each drink with a dried lemon slice and a fresh sprig of thyme.
- The process to dry/dehydrate fruit is very simple. Here is the recipe that I use.
To read more on the history of Empress Gin and how it came to be, please check out my Empress Pear-Rosemary Gin Cocktail post. It is shown below.
And, for more Empress Gin drink ideas, please give these a try:
- Empress Pear-Rosemary Gin Cocktail
- Honey Lavender Gin Lemonade (with Empress)
- French 75 Cocktail with Empress Gin
- Strawberry Lavender Gin & Tonic
- Cherry-Berry Gin Kombucha Cocktail
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Ginger Thyme Italian 75
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Steep Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
This Ginger Thyme Italian 75 is perfect for any special occasion! It comes together with a beautiful ginger thyme simple syrup, lemon juice and a delicate, aromatic gin. And it is then topped off with a crisp prosecco. This cocktail is light, delicious and visually stunning.
- GINGER THYME SIMPLE SYRUP:
- 1/2 cup Water, filtered
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 5 sprigs Fresh Thyme
- 1 (two-inch knob) Organic Fresh Ginger, peeled and sliced into medallions
- GINGER THYME ITALIAN 75:
- 1 1/2 – 2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
- 1 oz Ginger Thyme Simple Syrup
- 1 oz Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed (equivalent to one large lemon)
- 1 1/2 oz Prosecco, chilled
- Dried Lemon Slices, for garnish
- Fresh Thyme, for garnish
- Prep the ginger: Cut the ends off and discard. Use a metal spoon to scrape, or a sharp knife to cut and remove the thin brown skin. Slice the ginger into multiple small medallions. Set aside.
- Ginger Thyme Simple Syrup: In a small pot, warm the water to almost boiling. Remove from heat and stir in the honey with a wooden spoon until fully dissolved. Add the ginger pieces and thyme and give it a stir, making sure to smash up the ginger as you go. (This will release more of that ginger flavor). Cover and let steep until it is completely cool. (*I like to let it steep for at least 2-4 hours). Discard the ginger and thyme.
- Ginger Thyme Italian 75: To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the Empress Gin, simple syrup and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a champagne glass.
- Garnish: Top with prosecco, stir gently, and garnish with a dried lemon slice and sprig of thyme. Enjoy!
- Tip: The longer you let the syrup steep the more potent the flavor will be. Don’t worry though, it is light in flavor and not overpowering in any way. (FYI: After two hours, the syrup is lightly flavored with the ginger and thyme, but after four hours it is a bit more intense. I personally like the way it tastes after four hours, but my husband likes the way it tastes after two).
- Gin: I like to be able to taste a bit more of the ginger thyme flavor so I stick to 1.5 oz. of gin. Overall, it is faint, but I do like the hint of it. Meanwhile, my husband loves the taste of the syrup, but wants it a bit more gin forward and likes a full 2 oz. of gin.
- Layering the cocktail: Personally, I feel like the color of just the shaken gin and simple syrup is a bit unappealing for this drink, and that is why I mention to add everything to a shaker. However, to actually see the color of the gin change, first shake and strain the gin and simple syrup into a glass. Add the lemon juice and let it settle into the gin mixture. Once the colors turn, stir to combine and then complete step #4.
- Simple Syrup: The syrup will serve a total of 8 drinks.
- Dried Lemon Slices: The prep time to make the dried fruit is not included in this drink recipe.
- Category: Beverage, Drink, Cocktail
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: Cocktail Party, Drink Recipes, Drinks, Easy Drink Recipes, Fruit, Gin Recipes, Gluten-Free Recipes, Honey Recipes, Lemon, Low Sodium, Mixed Drink Recipes, Recipes for a Crowd, Recipes for Parties
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Wow! This is a good one. So reminiscent of our trip to Italy, and one you can just keep on sipping. Great job on recreating and amping this one up, babe!
Thank you so much, honey! It definitely is a special drink.
This drink is so smooth and refreshing! Perfect for any occasion or cocktail hour. I love this Gin and it’s beautiful color.
Awe, thank you, Jamie! I’m pleased to hear that you enjoy it so much. And yes, Empress Gin is pretty phenomenal.