Just about any cocktail that calls for a simple syrup can be amped up by infusing a little something extra into that basic ingredient. Honey-thyme simple syrup has a subtle herbal backnote that works well with sweet-fruity drinks as well as their drier counterparts.
I decided to make a post out of this because I kept using this simple syrup in so many different drinks, I figured it was a recipe unto itself (albeit a ridiculously easy one).
Simple syrup is normally equal parts sugar and water, heated through to dissolve the sugar and cooled to room temperature and stored for your next rum punch, whiskey sour, mint julep or mojito.
The fresh herbs and gloop of honey add a new dimension without overpowering this staple ingredient. Use it to augment your favorite alcoholic or n/a libation. It’s even good drizzled over fresh fruit!
A step up from the standard cocktail mixer
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup water
- 10 sprigs of fresh thyme
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, honey and water. Heat over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
Tie the thyme sprigs together with a piece of kitchen string. Submerge the thyme in the still hot simple syrup and steep for 30 minutes.
Remove the thyme and discard. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve to remove any thyme leaves or other particles. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
Use in place of regular simple syrup in cocktails or spoon over fresh fruit.