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Thyme Zest


The Thyme Zest cocktail is lovely mix of complex yet refreshing flavors that beautifully blend together to create an easy sipper that can be enjoyed any time of the week! This cocktail recipe has a bright and elegant charm to it. It consists of only 3 ingredients, so you’ll have a cocktail in hand to enjoy within minutes. I love a simple recipe, don’t you?

At the heart of Thyme Zest is bourbon, a spirit known for its rich, complex profile. Bourbon, typically made from a grain mixture dominated by corn (at least 51% of the mash bill), brings a sweetness that is deep and resonant. This sweetness carries notes of vanilla, oak, and a hint of caramel, derived from the charred oak barrels where the spirit ages. Bourbon can be a tricky spirit to utilize when developing brand new cocktail recipes, but it did not disappoint here!

Next in our concoction is the ginger liqueur, a vibrant and spicy component that introduces a zesty kick. Ginger, with its peppery and slightly sweet profile, cuts through the bourbon’s richness, adding layers of warmth and spice. This liqueur doesn’t overpower; instead, it complements, enhancing the bourbon’s depth while introducing a fresh, lively character.

With respect to the name of this cocktail, Thyme Zest, I’m introducing a lemon thyme simple syrup to act as this cocktail’s sweetener. Lemon thyme, a herb known for its citrusy undertones and mild thyme flavor, when simmered into a simple syrup, imparts a delicate, herbaceous sweetness. This element bridges the gap between the bourbon’s richness and ginger’s spice, offering a bit of complexity that is both refreshing and intriguing.

Garnished with lemon slices artfully placed around the inside of the glass, it offers a visual hint of the citrus notes within. The finishing touch, a sprig of thyme, not only adds to the aroma but also serves as a nod to the herbal notes that play a pivotal role in this delicious recipe.


Step 1: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.⁠


Step 2: Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish.


The Thyme Zest really does give any drinker the perfect cocktail experience. For the connoisseur, it offers a chance to appreciate the complexities of bourbon, the spice of ginger, and the aromatic subtlety of lemon thyme. For the casual drinker, it’s a delightful adventure, a chance to explore new flavors and sensations.

So, grab that cocktail shaker and try for yourself!

Thyme Zest




  1. Step 1 – Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.⁠
  2. Step 2 – Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish.

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