Well, I probably should have named this delicious cocktail “French French Thyme Martini”. It starts with a base of a pretty classic French Martini…vodka, pineapple juice, and raspberry liqueur. But, then I have added French thyme simple syrup. So, we have kind of doubled the French factor here.
No matter what you decide to call it, it is darn good. And beautiful! It has such a soft pink color that just looks so elegant against the earthy green herb.
This drink to me seems perfect for a ladies luncheon, or a special anniversary or date night. It certainly says special occasion. But, feel free to create a special occasion if you don’t have one coming up. Like maybe Tuesday? It would be a shame to miss out on this delicious treat just because you are waiting for a special event.
I think it would pair equally as well with a bit of rare, juicy steak or a nice light dessert. The sweetness is balanced by the fresh herb and citrus and makes this drink very versatile.
Just make sure you use fresh thyme here. Dried just will not make it. Luckily, fresh thyme is easily grown in a pot or readily available in supermarkets.
As with any martini, you will get the best results if everything is well chilled before you begin.
- 1 sprig thyme
- 2 ounces vodka
- 3 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 ounce lemon thyme simple syrup
- ½ ounce Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
- Place thyme in cocktail shaker. Add vodka, pineapple juice, simple syrup and liqueur. Muddle thyme to release oils. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an additional sprig of thyme if desired.
- Lemon Thyme Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain into a jar and refrigerate.