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Hugging Thyme Recipe

Hugging Thyme
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: | Makes: 1 drink

Ronaldo Colli, a San Francisco Bay Area mixologist and co-owner of the Ivy Room in Albany, California, developed this cocktail for CHOW. Thyme is toasted in a pan to enhance its flavor, then muddled with chamomile leaves and lemon juice. Add a bit of floral and sweet elderflower liqueur plus vodka, then shake with an egg white for a light and frothy drink.

INGREDIENTS
  • 5 thyme sprigs
  • 2 teaspoons dry chamomile tea leaves
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist, for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill. Place 4 of the thyme sprigs in a dry frying pan over medium heat and toast until fragrant, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Muddle the toasted thyme, tea leaves, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker until the thyme is gently crushed, about 5 seconds. Add the elderflower liqueur, egg white, and vodka, plus enough ice to fill about halfway. Close and shake until frosty, about 20 seconds.
  3. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into the chilled glass and garnish with the lemon twist and remaining thyme sprig.