Meyer Lemon-Thyme Gimlets


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.

Meyer Lemon-Thyme Gimlets

Serving Size: Makes 4-6 cocktails.

Meyer Lemon-Thyme Gimlets

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)


  1. Muddle the thyme in the gin and let it steep for several hours.
  2. Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher.
  3. 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?


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

1 Comment

  1. Better late than never, but it’s worth mentioning that Pomodoro in Brookline has its own website and is still making delicious lemon thyme gimlets. Found this post when searching for their recipe.

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