First off, before we get to the drink, I just want to say how appreciative I was of all the comments and emails that I received from the last post. I posted it just to get some things off my chest, but the overwhelming support really meant a lot to me. I don’t think I could ever say it enough – thanks to everyone who reads here, tries a recipe, or just browses through. I admittedly write this blog as an outlet for my own creativity, but I would have probably quit it ages ago had it not been for you. So thank you, thank you, thank you.
So now, onto the cocktail. It’s been upper 70s and gorgeous in Charlotte these past couple of weeks and with all of the basketball I’ve been watching (Go Bears!), drinks have been mandatory. We all know how much I love my gin and lemonade (or a good Tom Collins), so this meyer lemon collins is a fun twist that’s perfect for the weather and some basketball.
As important as a good gin and lemonade is to me, simple syrups are a close second. I’ve made all different kinds on this blog – from vanilla, to basil, to rosemary – and if you master one, you can make any of them easily. For this one, just substitute a few sprigs of thyme.
While in the store shopping for blood oranges, I came across some meyer lemons – they are my absolute favorite. They are much sweeter and don’t quite have that bite that normal lemons do. They pair well with the thyme simple syrup, and really elevate a normal collins.
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1 meyer lemon, juiced
- 1/2 oz thyme simple syrup (recipe here just sub in thyme for the vanilla)
- Club soda, to top
- In a tall glass filled with ice, stir together the gin, meyer lemon juice, and thyme simple syrup. Top with club soda and garnish with a slice of lemon.