As a fitness blogger, my full-time lifestyle may revolve around designing workouts, tracking macro’s, and ‘eating clean’, but at the weekends I love nothing more than to sit back with a cocktail in hand.
When I first ventured into the cocktail world, gin was the only booze I truly enjoyed. Many years *and bottles of gin* later, it still rings true.
I like to think I’ve refined my love for this spirit over the years, and stepped slightly forward from the classic gin & lemon wedge combo.
With hints of thyme, sharp lemon and my favourite dry, heady gin Monkey 47, I believe this cocktail is a step in that direction.
An unusual gin from the Black Forest in Germany, Monkey 47 contains forty seven unique botanicals including angelica root, acacia flowers, bramble leaves, lingonberries, spruce shoots, all of which come from the Black Forest itself. It’s name is also reflected in its percentage which is a healthy 47%.
With its woody, vegetable smells underpinning fresh grassy citrus notes and botanical sweetness, this unique gin was crying out to be blended with fresh lemon and aromatic thyme.
To make my favourite Monkey 47 with Limoncello and Thyme Cocktail you’ll need:
- A simple thyme syrup
- Monkey 47
- Limoncello, I prefer Averna Limoni di Sicilia
- Fresh lemon juice
- Tonic or soda water
Simple Thyme Syrup Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 10-14 sprigs of fresh thyme
To make the simple thyme syrup, bring 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 10-14 sprigs of fresh thyme to a simmer in a small saucepan. Let simmer for a few minutes, then remove from heat and allow to infuse for another ten minutes. Strain into a jar.
For each drink combine 2 tablespoons of gin, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of limoncello and 2 teaspoons of the thyme syrup in a small glass. Stir to combine, add 4-5 ice cubes & top off with about 3 tablespoons tonic or soda water.
Optional: add thyme and fresh lemon slices to the drink glasses for a little flair.
Calories: 293 . Carbs: 40.6 . Fat: 0 Protein: 0
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