To the reader(s) that proposed the idea of cocktail Friday, cheers to you. Talk about a fabulous idea I should have had a long time ago. Making creative cocktails at home is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while, but we just never seem to get around to it. There are several local restaurants and bars that we especially enjoy because of their inventive and unique cocktail offerings, but up until now when we’re at home, we tend to stick to a few classics and don’t deviate much.
I used to avoid gin after a night out in college when a friend likened it to Pine-sol because it is made from the juniper berry. Of course, considering the quality of the drinks at a standard college bar, the comparison was fairly legitimate at the time. But lately, thanks to another friend who really loves good quality gin cocktails, I’ve come back around to the idea under her excellent tutelage. This has such a light, fresh flavor with a bit of sweetness from the nectarine and herbal notes from the thyme syrup. The 1:1:1 ratio of the liquids also makes it super easy to remember – if you’ve made it once, you won’t forget. And if you already have the thyme syrup on hand, you can whip one up any time. So simple it could indeed become another of our old standbys.