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
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