Drink of the week: Raspberry Thyme Smash

Late summer is such a great time of year.  Not only is preseason football starting, but you get to take advantage of the abundance of fruit and garden vegetable options that are only available this time of year.  Whether you’re enjoying these ingredients raw, cooked in your favorite meals, or in a glass with a touch of booze, they need very little to taste amazing.  One of my favorite fruits has always been fresh raspberries.  It it’s one of your favorites too, try this amazing drink recipe and I think you will agree

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2 drinks

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme, divided into 2 and 2
  • 20 raspberries, divided into 18 and 2
  • ½ cup of gin (I used Tanqueray)
  • 6 tablespoons of simple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice

HOW TO MAKE:

  • Remove the leaves from 2 thyme sprits and place in the bottom of a cocktail shaker (or a mason jar with a lid if you don’t have a shaker.)
  • Add 18 raspberries.
  • Use the back of a wooden spoon or a muddler to muddle the raspberries and thyme to release their flavors and liquids. Make sure the raspberries are as muddled up as possible. Add gin, simple syrup, and freshly squeezed lime juice and fill shaker with ice.
  • Shake vigorously until outside of shaker turns cold to the touch, about 30 seconds.
  • Pour the contents of the shaker through a fine mesh strainer and into a large glass, being careful to pour slowly so the liquid doesn’t spill out.
  • You’ll divide the liquid again on your next pour so you don’t need 2 glasses.
  • Press down on the strainer to get as much of the liquid out as possible. Discard the solids.
  • Pour it through the mess strainer again, this time back into the shaker.
  • Again, press out as much liquid as possible from the mesh strainer.
  • Divide into two coups, pierce the remaining thyme sprigs with the remaining raspberries, and serve.

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