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.

  • Yield 2 servings


  • 1 nectarine, sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 3 oz. good quality gin, such as Bluecoat
  • 3 oz. thyme syrup*
  • 3 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Sparkling water
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish


  • 01

    In a cocktail shaker, combine the nectarine, gin, thyme syrup and lime juice. Muddle together until well mixed. Add in some ice cubes, close the shaker and shake until well chilled and well blended. Strain into two glasses with a few ice cubes in each. Top off with a splash of sparkling water, a slice of nectarine and a sprig of thyme. Serve immediately.

  • 02

    *To make thyme syrup, combine ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar with 4-5 sprigs of thyme in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves into the water. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.