This grapefruit and thyme infused honey gin cocktail is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. Made using fresh grapefruit juice and sweetened with a homemade thyme infused honey, it’s a simple, classy and healthier cocktail you could drink all summer long.
I absolutely love tart cocktails with the slightest kiss of sweetness. Most cocktails I’ve had are overly sweet and only the best bartenders seem to be able to get the balance of flavours right. There are only a few places where I live that make decent cocktails so it’s nice to make them at home too.
And now since giving birth I’ve been able to get back into playing with cocktails which is pretty fun work really. The mister is an excellent ex-bartender and I’ve loved learning from him over the years.
This cocktail came about because I had some thyme in my fridge begging to be used and I absolutely love using herbs in desserts and drinks. Thyme is a strong herb that goes well with citrus fruits. Lemon was the obvious choice but I thought a mixture of ruby and yellow/white grapefruits would also work very well. Feel free to swap these out for your favourite citrus, blood orange or tangelo could make for a beautiful sight.
You will love this cocktail because it only has a handful of fresh ingredients, is easy to make and is sweetened using a honey simple syrup in lieu of sugar so it’s a healthier cocktail as far as cocktails go.
The key ingredient to this recipe is the thyme infused honey which really amps the flavour and marries well with the tartness of grapefruit juice. If you don’t like grapefruit, lemon would also work well and is a perfect partner to thyme also.
I hope you enjoy this delightfully simple cocktail as much as I did.
Don’t forget to hashtag #cookwiththemacadames when making my recipes. I love to see how you went and get a peek at your kitchen table.
Recipe adapted from here.
What you need:
- Spice grinder
- Small saucepan
- Fine sieve
- Cocktail shaker
Ingredients (makes 2):
To make the thyme infused honey (will make enough for 4-6 cocktails):
- Thyme from 6 sprigs (around 2 teaspoons), ground in a spice grinder (or finely chopped)
- 1/4 honey
- 1/4 water
To make the rind and sugar rim:
- Rind from 1 grapefruit (around 1 tablespoon), ground in a spice grinder (or finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
To make the cocktails:
- 1 shot (30ml) gin (I used Hendricks)
- 2 shots (60ml) grapefruit juice (I used a mix of blood and white/yellow grapefruits)
- 1 half shot – 1 shot (15ml-30ml) thyme infused honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
- Ice cubes
Note: to make in a pitcher it’s 1 part gin, 2 parts grapefruit juice, 1/2-1 part thyme infused honey
1. To make the thyme infused honey: After grinding the thyme, add it with the honey and water into a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer on a low heat and allow to cook for a few minutes, be careful not to boil. Take off the heat and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve and set aside to cool fully before using.
2. To make the rind and sugar rim: After grinding the grapefruit rind, mix it with the coconut sugar in a flattish bowl. Rim your champagne boats using a piece of grapefruit skin and dip the rims into the rind and sugar mixture.
3. To make the cocktails: Pour the gin, grapefruit juice and thyme infused honey into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake a few times and pour through a fine sieve into your champagne boat or chosen glass. Garnish with fresh thyme and enjoy!
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This is the first cocktail I have ever made but feel free to try these mocktails I posted back when I was expecting. Here is my Pomegranate Ginger Storm.
Or my Strawberry Mint Mojito.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx