Any cocktail aficionado worth their martini knows the Thyme Out cocktail. With the simple blend of an herbal liqueur and an orange juice spirit, this cocktail is equal parts delicate and invigorating. And it has a rather interesting history: the cocktail was invented during prohibition era by a top-ranking gangster who demanded that his hired bartenders whip up something unique. Today, the cocktail still elicits a strong air of mystery – its mysterious past coupled with its rarity makes it one of cocktail culture’s most treasured finds. In short, if you’re looking for something special for your next gathering, look no further than The Thyme Out cocktail.
- 1 1⁄2 Cups Vodka
- 8 Lemons, halved
- 16 Sprigs of Thyme
- 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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