Summer Thyme Craft Cocktails

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Whoever says drinking and health don’t mix has clearly never had their hands on a craft cocktail!

With the onset of Florida summer sun and the arrival of Jules Aron’s master mixology guidebook, Zen and Tonic, I had no choice but to do a bit of experimenting.

First up is Jules’ quintessential summer cocktail…

Summer Thyme

1/4 cup strawberries
3 sprigs thyme
1 lemon wedge
3 ounces gin*
1 tsp maple syrup*

*I would advise going with a smooth and refreshing gin, such as Hendricks.
*Maple syrup was not in the original recipe, I added it in order to appease the sweet tooth.

Place the strawberries, two of the thyme sprigs and the lemon wedge in a shaker and muddle well; alternatively, you can juice them, fill the shaker with ice add the syrup and gin and shake well. Double strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the remaining thyme sprig.

The following was a pleasant outcome of experimentation…

Watermelon Basil Cooler

1 cup watermelon, juiced (yields about 2 ounces of juice)
4-5 leaves fresh basil
2 ounces gin

Throw ingredients in shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain off into a martini glass or enjoy over ice. Garnish with fresh basil.

Happy drinking!

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