This thyme gimlet is crisp and fresh, lightly scented with fresh thyme.
A classic gimlet is a gin cocktail with lime cordial. This thyme gin cocktail is a spin on this, with fresh lime juice and simple thyme syrup.
The gimlet is a classic cocktail that can trace its roots back to the 18th century. It is believed that the drink was first popularized by the British Royal Navy, who used it to prevent scurvy.
In the early 20th century, the gimlet began to take on its modern form with the addition of sweetened lime cordial. This made it a bit sweeter and easier to drink. This variation uses a sweet thyme syrup and fresh lime instead of the lime cordial.
Thyme with its earthy flavor and a hint of mint pairs wonderfully with bright and tangy and bright lime.
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Find the ingredient amounts for this thyme gin cocktail written in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is a rundown of what you will need.
- Good London Dry Gin. This is a high-quality gin that is infused with botanical flavors through re-distillation. The main flavor in this gin comes from juniper; no artificial colors or flavors are added.
- Fresh lime juice
- Thyme simple syrup
- Ice cubes
See recipe card for quantities.
- A cocktail shaker or a tall jar with a lid + a strainer
- Coupe glass or a rocks glass
Before you begin this gin cocktail, make the thyme syrup first, so it is cooled to room temperature before use.
Once the syrup is ready, fill a coupe glass with ice and set this aside to chill while you make the cocktail.
Add gin, lime juice, thyme syrup and ice to a cocktail shaker. Add on the lid and give it a shake.
Remove the ice from the coupe glass, then strain the drink into the chilled cocktail glass.
Add a sprig of fresh thyme on top as garnish.
- Lemon instead of lime. Swap the lime juice for fresh lemon juice. Though they have similar flavor profiles, lime will still bring different hints of citrus.
- Other herbs. Use the same method for thyme syrup with other herbs too. Try rosemary or sage syrup.
- Add a sugar rim. Coat the rim of the glass in sugar for a little something extra. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the edge of the glass, then dip the glass in a little plate of sugar.
- Swap the gin for vodka and make a vodka thyme gimlet.
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- 60ml / 2oz London Dry Gin
- 20ml / ¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 20ml / ¾oz Thyme Simple Syrup
- Fill a coupe glass with ice.
- Add gin, lime juice, thyme syrup and ice to a cocktail shaker. Add on the lid and give it a shake.
- Remove the ice from the coupe glass, then strain the drink into the chilled cocktail glass.
- Add a sprig of fresh thyme on top as garnish.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g