Every month our small town has an event called Art’s Alive where many small shops stay open late to feature the talent of a local artist’s work in their store accompanied by live music, free drinks, and tasty eats. The herb shop I work at (Humboldt Herbals) participates in this exciting art filled event every month. We always come up with an herbal inspired cocktail to share with everyone that comes out for the fun and this time around it was my turn to concoct the drink. I came up with a Spring Thyme Wine Spritzer–and it was enjoyed by many! I hope you too will enjoy this refreshing drink. Cheers to renewal and a fabulous Spring!
First you need to make a “simple syrup” of lavender and thyme. Here is what you will need for that:
approx. a generous 1/2 cup worth of fresh thyme from the garden (I used a lime and lemon thyme variety)
1 cup lavender tea –to make this take 1 heaping TBSP. of dried lavender flowers, bring a cup of water to a boil-remove from heat and add the lavender, cover with a lid and let steep for about 15 minutes. Strain the tea and set aside in a mason jar.
1 cup organic sugar
To Make the Simple Syrup:
Begin by making the lavender tea, then strain and set aside in a mason jar.
Now out to the garden you go to snip some fresh thyme! Be sure to either snip fresh growth or pluck the leaves off of any hardy woody stems. You want to avoid thick hardy woody stems, as they will give the syrup more of a bitter flavor–we don’t want that.
Next, put your 1 cup of lavender tea in a saucepan, add in the organic sugar, then add in your fresh thyme. Bring everything in the saucepan to a boil, then turn the heat to a med- low simmer, and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and strain well. Set the syrup aside in a mason jar and allow to cool. Refrigerate the syrup if you won’t be using it right away. Viola’ you have now made Lavender-Thyme Simple Syrup! This will keep for a few months in the refrigerator.
Now to craft your wine spritzer:
1 cup Pinot Grigio white wine
1 cup sparkling water
1/2 cup ginger ale
2-3 TBSP of Lavender Thyme Simple Syrup (begin with 2 TBSP. taste it, and adjust as you prefer)
Combine all the above and serve it chilled. As always I encourage you to experiment with proportions of this recipe to your desired taste!
A non-alcholic alternative could be:
To 1 cup of sparkling water add 1-2 TBSP of Lavender Thyme Simple Syrup and serve chilled! This tastes savory and refreshing, with a delicate floral undertone.
Take “thyme” to celebrate Spring with friends and family–no “thyme” is like the present “thyme”!!!