Gear your livers up they are going to be in for a ride!
Today marks the first day of Cocktail Week brought to you by myself, Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, La Petite Pancake, Comfortably Domestic, What's Inside NanaBreads Head, Decadent Philistines Save the World, Tenaciously Yours, Munching in the Mitten, Climbing Grier Mountain, and The Country Hill Cook.
Be sure to go check out these ladies through out the week there will be a ton of fun adult only beverages being shared.
Today we are kicking the week off with my Raspberry Thyme Tom Collins, Allison's Peach Pie Prosecco "Palmer".... THEN Megan is making a Raging Aztec Frappe WITH a Kitchen Aid Blender Giveaway... go check it out and win a bad ass blender! You'll need if for some of the other cocktails we ladies will be sharing with you this week!
Now... lets talk gin.
I am not a liquor fan, there are very few drinks that I can say I enjoy with out without giving me goose bumps. If an adult beverage gives me goose bumps on first sip.... then I leave it alone.
Gin drinks are one of the few types that don't make me cringe.
I think the goose bump/cringing when I take a sip of hard stuff is due to allot of stupid drinking as a young 20 something childless girl. I spent to many nights not knowing my limits and waking up extremely sick the next day therefore permanently adding new drinks to my "list". My "list" is a list of foods and drinks that are banned from my diet because the thought makes me upchuck. This "list" is quite long... most of it is made up of fruity vodka drinks, anything with Jack, and so on....
But HOORAY!! I have a grown up drink I can consume with out getting goosebumps!!
Raspberry Thyme Tom Collins
1 oz sugar
1 oz water
the juice of one lemon
1/2 cup raspberries
3 sprigs of thyme
1 1/2 oz dry gin ( I use Bombay Sapphire)
In a small sauce pan add sugar, water, lemon, simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Meanwhile muddle 1/2 of your thyme (removing thyme leaves from stems) and raspberries together.
Stir thyme/ raspberries in with the lemon/simple syrup mixture. Continue to allow to cool to room temp.
Pour cooled mixture into a glass or cocktail shaker and mix/shake with your gin. Pour over a glass of ice and top off with tonic.
Mix in the remaining berries and garnish with the additional thyme.