Thyme is the star of this Christmassy tipple from Matt Whiley of The Peg + Patriot. Herbaceous and floral, it is used to twist the flavour of vodka in this cocktail recipe, yielding a delightful and unusual end result. Read more about Matt and his cocktails in our interview.
Lee Westcott spent the formative years of his career working together with Tom Aikens at his eponymous two Michelin-starred restaurant in Chelsea. Now heading up his own venture, he creates stunning, imaginative plates with remarkable depth of flavour.
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To prepare the thyme vodka, simply add the thyme to the bottle of vodka and leave to infuse until suitably strong in flavour - it will have a decent flavour after half an hour, but you can leave the sprigs in there indefinitely
8 sprigs of thyme
vodka, 1 bottle
vodka, 1 bottle
To prepare the lemon cordial, add the lemon juice, sugar and star anise to a pan and slowly heat to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat, strain and allow to cool
200ml of lemon juice
200ml of sugar
5 star anise
To assemble the cocktail, add 50ml of the thyme vodka and 30ml of the lemon cordial to a Boston shaker and shake with ice. Once shaken, strain into the empty section of the Boston glass, discard the ice and shake again with no ice until the egg white is foamy
1 egg white
Add ice to a highball glass and pour in the cocktail. Top with soda and garnish with lemon zest and thyme sprigs