Ring in the holidays with this fig and thyme flavored Christmas”Thyme” Is Here Cocktail!
This little beauty was inspired by a recent date night with my main man.
Dom and I were able to steal away a couple weekends ago… We tucked Dolce into her plush and cozy new car seat and up to snowy Lake Placid we went.
We arrived to Snowshoe Lodge relatively late Friday evening. And rather than take time to primp for a quick dinner out, we decided to hit our favorite grocery store and grab some weekend necessities (and when I say we, I mean Dom). Hey – someone had to stay back and play with Dolce. 😉
Anyway, if someone had offered to pay me a million bucks to say what Dom would bring back for dinner, I’d be a million dollars richer right now. And you know what? I’m willing to bet that many of you know what he brought back, too!
Yep, a ready-made pepperoni pizza to throw in the oven. I have to admit – it was one of the best pizzas we’ve had in a while. True story.
So Saturday, though blustery and as cold as a reindeer’s ear, we went for a run around Mirror Lake. A lake I always believed to be (at least) three miles around, only to find out, after achieving what I thought was my best 5K time ever, that the lake is only 2.6 miles around!
So, maybe not my best clocked time – but it was a wonderful time, none the less. My music cut out about half way through – and where I might normally be upset about that – I was blown away by the power of the quiet to keep me entertained and, believe it or not, distracted enough to maintain my pace until the end. The snow was falling so slowly, so deliberately, as if each flake knew exactly where it wanted to land; I could almost count them as they floated down, and coupled with the hushed winter sounds, I made it to the end pretty comfortably. Usually upbeat music helps me to plow through. Not this time. The quiet did. Oh, and I guess the shorter distance might have something to do with it. Hahahaha.
Once we finished, we (finally) primped and hit the town. Our restaurant of choice? Lake Placid Pub & Brewery. Our meal of choice? Steak sandwiches with the works. Our cocktail of choice? Fig inspired Moscow Mules.
We love our Moscow Mules but we’ve never had them made with fig vodka and boy did we love them! So I had no choice but to try my hand at creating a cocktail inspired by our delicious find; one that included fig vodka and ginger beer. I knew I didn’t want a Mule, so I did a little sleuthing and discovered that a fabulous complement to fig is thyme. Bingo!
My friend Joe at our local liquor store hooked me up good with both the fig vodka and thyme liqueur. We were on our way to Christmas”Thyme” Is Here. (<—–This sweet and seasonal name comes compliments of Luc! Oh, and the video, too – but you knew that!)
At first I planned to use only the vodka, thyme and ginger, but after my initial taste-test, I knew immediately that a splash of bitters (in the form of Campari) would finish the drink perfectly in both flavor and color. I can’t handle that blush.
Holiday cocktail of choice? You bet!
Please enjoy the drink and the video, my friends!
- 4 ounces Fig Vodka
- 1 ounce Thyme Liqueur
- 2 ounces Ginger Beer
- Splash of Campari
- Fresh Thyme Sprigs for garnish
- Combine first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled one-third full of ice.
- Shake for about 15 seconds.
- Strain into a well chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a couple sprigs of thyme.