Another day, another gin cocktail. Let's all be grateful for good online friends who encourage a beautiful relationship with this refreshing beverage!
If you tuned in on Tuesday you will know that Thea Coleman (of Baby Cocktails) and I are taking part in a gin recipe swap to celebrate her new pattern releases, knit along and forthcoming trip to the UK. Yesterday, Thea served up a Strawberry Smash and wow is it summer in a glass! Today I'm taste testing Limoncello Gin with grilled Thyme thanks to the recipe I found here. Yes indeedy, grilled thyme.
So to recap why we are 'gin-ing':
There is KAL for all the new patterns Thea has just launched. They're all named with her forthcoming trip to the UK in mind. Details of the KAL can be found here on her blog, BabyCocktails. (This week's prize is vintage cocktail glasses- swoon!)
Thea and I have joined forces to create a cocktail recipe Swap on Ravelry and there's so many yummy drinks in there already! Post any of your favourite gin recipes in the thread for a chance to win random PDF giveaways of Thea's gin-based drinks all week. (If you are planning to join us at YAK on the 11th of July, bring a recipe on an index card for a fun activity on the day of the trunk show which you can find details of here).
Blog Recipe Swap - My post is the last of our part in the recipe swap but you can find them all pinned on my Pinterest board here: ZING! That's Refreshing.
Now for the limoncello and gin verdict....
Well I was a little unsure about the lemons, limes on top of gin AND grilled thyme. Gin is a complex beast with juniper being the main flavour but up to 10 other botanicals that create a unique character for each gin when it's distilled. However, this does mean that you can tailor your gin to suit your mixer, making it a good friend to bring to any party. I know you're not judging me for bringing my friend gin to a party. Thank you.
For this blend I chose Bombay Sapphire as lemon peel is one of it's main botanicals after junpier. It worked well and grilling the thyme gets a big thumbs up in this camp.
Limoncello Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme
You will need:
2 large sprigs fresh thyme; more for garnish
1/2 fl. oz. (1 Tbs.) fresh lime juice
1-1/2 fl. oz. (3 Tbs.) gin,
1/2 fl. oz. (1 Tbs.) limoncello
- Prepare a gas or charcoal grill fire for direct cooking over medium-high (500°F) heat. Grill the thyme sprigs until fragrant and lightly charred, (about 15 seconds).
- In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, gently muddle the grilled thyme with the lime juice.
- Add the gin and limoncello and fill the shaker with ice. Stir well.
- Strain into a chilled glass filled with fresh ice, garnish with thyme, and serve.
An Update: Since writing this recipe, it's been featured all over the internets and Pinterest fans have flooded in- thank you! I have other cocktail recipes on the blog which I add to each season and if you're a real cocktail addict, you might like my Pinterest board: