Thyme Out

An epicure is a person who cultivates a refined taste, especially in food and wine; a connoisseur of sort. To be curious, is to be eager to know or learn something. Our friends at Epicurious define both these people and have introduced us to this wonderful summer cocktail. Like other drinks, such as the Summerthyme Screwdriver, thyme goes beautifully with sweet and citrus flavors, making it perfect for cocktails and for summer gatherings. In fact, this recipe is created for larger groups.


  • 8 Lemons, halved
  • 16 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 1 1⁄2 Cups Vodka
  • 1/2 Cup Simple Syrup
  • 4 cups Ice Water


Time to bring out the grill with this cocktail. Wipe the grill grates with oil to prevent sticking. Build a high-heat fire. Your high-heat zone should have embers 1 to 2 inches from the cooking surface, with occasional flames licking it. Place the lemons, cut side down, over high heat until they are charred and soft, about 3 minutes. While the lemons char, using tongs, hold 8 of the thyme sprigs over high heat just until they start to color and give off wisps of smoke. Add the remaining 8 thyme sprigs to a cocktail shaker, squeeze in the lemon juice, and add a couple ice cubes. Shake very well and strain into a pitcher. Add the ice water, vodka, and agave, and stir until the agave is dissolved. Serve the drinks in ice-filled glasses garnished with a charred thyme sprig.
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