Ginger Thyme Italian 75

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***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! 😉

Two champagne glasses filled with gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and prosecco, and surrounded by fresh flowers, lemon slices and thyme.

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.

A bottle of Empress 1908 Gin sitting on a marble coaster and surrounded by fresh flowers, thyme, and dried lemon slices.

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).
A Ginger Thyme Italian 75 cocktail in a champagne glass, topped with a dried lemon slice and fresh thyme, and surrounded by fresh flowers, lemon slices and thyme.

Ginger Thyme Italian 75 Cocktail:

  • When it comes to the gin and simple syrup, add to taste. The recipe below is more so 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 the 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.
A Ginger Thyme Italian 75 cocktail in a champagne glass, bottle of Empress Gin, fresh flowers, and a cruet of simple syrup sitting on a marble trivet.

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A Ginger Thyme Italian 75 cocktail in a champagne glass, topped with a dried lemon slice and fresh thyme, and surrounded by fresh flowers, lemon slices and thyme.

Ginger Thyme Italian 75


  • Author: Naomi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Steep Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x

Description

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.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 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 1/22 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Garnish: Top with prosecco, stir gently, and garnish with a dried lemon slice and sprig of thyme. Enjoy.

Notes

  • 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 the gin.  
  • 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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