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6.25.2012

Raspberry Thyme Tom Collins ~Cocktail Week~



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 HeadDecadent 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

Ingredients:
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) 
Tonic

Directions:

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. 





 
   







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30 comments:

  1. My liver says I've been very very good and I can have two glasses of this! It looks wonderful.

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    1. My liver was perfectly happy with this and would have gladly made room for 2 more!

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  2. Gurrrllll, this looks amazing!! I'm a huge gin fan, so this is right up my alley. Happy Cocktail Week!!

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  3. oops guess you want like my vodka, triple sec, and fresh squeezed orange juice cocktail I have scheduled for Friday! :) this looks awesome!

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    1. It always looks and sounds good... till I swallow. I have sworn off vodka for life!

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  4. Love! It's such a pretty drink. The name reminds me of when I was a kid and would drink (the non-alcoholic) collins mixer. Now I want to get me a bottle of that stuff and drink it like it's supposed to be! :)

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    1. I used to drink Vodka Collins with the collins mixer... yuk! It's amazing how much better the real thing is!

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  5. Carrie - I am jazz hands excited that you also fancy the gin! Love the pictures, and YAY for Cocktail Week!!!

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    1. Happy Cocktail Week!!!! Can't wait to see your post.

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  6. I am NOT a gin fan (let's talk about cringing). However, this looks amazing, and I might woman up and try this, as I love everything else about this drink. Beautiful pictures!

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    1. Women up, I bet you'll love it! Tastes like a sparkling raspberry lemonade.

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  7. What a beautiful drink! I love the use of thyme as a garnish in addition to the flavor.

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    1. Thank you! That was a last minute idea sticking it through the berries!

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  8. I love mixing herbs and fruit together. That looks so good. I have just nominated you for a Versatile Bloggers Award. Come on over to see it at www.noshingwithhthenolands.com Cheers, Tara

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    1. Aww thanks Tara! I will check it out =)

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  9. I absolutely cannot get over how RED this drink is - just gorgeous. Considering I nursed a thyme plant along for two years with no idea of how to best purpose it, I wish I would have had this lovely recipe in my back pocket sooner!

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    1. Thanks Kat! I love thyme and use it in so many things... especially anything with lemon!

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  10. Beautiful drink! And no doubt, just as delicious. Yum yum yum!!

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  11. Hot red cocktail in a mason jar, I'm sold! And the flavors are pretty awesome too!

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  12. I cannot *wait* to try this! I have a thyme plant that is taking over the herb garden, and I'm running out of ways to hack it down for use. That said, gin hates me, so I'll have to sub vodka. I hope we can still be friends. ;)

    Happy Cocktail Week!

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  13. This is one gorgeous drink! I love the flavor combo- yum! I found your site through Food Babbles, and I'm so glad I did because I love your site. It's absolutely beautiful. All of your recipes look delicious, and your pictures are stunning! I subscribed to your site.

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  14. Another delicious and gorgeous creation - I'm featuring this in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I always love dropping by to see what you've created...

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  15. The red color is so gorgeous! This cocktail looks fantastic. I love the flavors that come from combining herbs and fruit flavors.

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  16. Carrie! I'm in love with this cocktail. It looks so refreshing! And it's FRIDAY! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. that looks unbelievably refreshing!

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  18. My kind of drink. Love that gorgeous hue too!

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