You always think about lemons and limes in cocktails during summer: margaritas, mojitos…. You know what I’m talkin’ about. But winter is when citrus is in season, and when you can find the best varieties. I was recently in Texas and Central Market in Austin had the most amazing selection of all different kinds of citrus. I couldn’t resist snapping up some Meyer Lemons for a twist on the Lemon-Thyme Gimlet, which I first had at Pomodoro in Brookline. Now is the time to make Meyer Lemon-Thyme Gimlets.
Around here, I’ve found Meyer lemons at Whole Foods (I don’t think they were expired 🙂 ) and Fairway.
If you’re using Meyer lemons, which are sweeter, cut down on your simple syrup. I recently made these last minute and found that you can get away without letting the thyme steep very long, though the thyme flavor is not as pronounced. Makes 4-6 cocktails.
- 3 cups Martin Miller’s gin
- 1 bunch thyme
- 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/4 cups simple syrup (prepared by melting 2 cups sugar in 2 cups water and cooling)
- Muddle the thyme in the gin and let it steep for several hours.
- Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher.
- Pour mixture into a cockail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled cocktail glasses and garnish with a thyme sprig.
Bonus points. Here’s the citrus at Central Market. Drooling yet?