Things to do with Thyme: Make Thyme Royales with Thyme Simple Syrup
Texas has been a star this week on national news with our excessive rain. Small and large cities alike (Houston and Austin) are experiencing flooding. This is a far cry from our drought the past few years. So far, I have been safe in my corner of North Texas but it feels like we have had heavy rain constantly for the past month.
Memorial Day was no different with cancelled plans and yet another weekend at home listening to Thunderstorms.
Before the rain arrived, I checked on my garden and noticed my Thyme has really flourished the past two weeks. Here’s a picture from that morning.
“Use me to make yourself a cocktail,” she whispered to me. Great idea, Miss Thyme! I took her advice and here’s how I spent part of my Memorial Day:
Things to do with Thyme: Make Thyme Royales with Homemade Thyme Simple Syrup
To make Thyme Simple Syrup. You’ll need:
- 3 T fresh Thyme (or 2 tsp dried)
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
After harvesting your herbs, lightly rinse to remove any dust or insects.
Place ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat until sugar has dissolved (3-4 minutes) stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow your syrup to infuse approximately 30 minutes (stir occasionally).
Note: Some people end the process at this point and it certainly will still be delicious. I prefer my syrup a little thicker so I take this extra step.
Place infusion over medium heat to bring to a boil (don’t stir this time). On high heat, allow the infusion to get thick and bubbly for about five minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool because working with hot syrup is no fun. With a cheesecloth lined jar (preferably sterile), pour the syrup into the bottle and discard your used herbs. Make sure it is room temperature before you use in your Thyme Royale. Store in your fridge and use within 4-6 weeks.
Now we’re ready to make cocktails. I’m a huge fan of Kir Royales which is Chambord (a Blackberry Liquor) and Champagne so I thought Thyme Royales would be tasty and it was. You were right, Miss Thyme. You are delicious in cocktails!
Here are your 3 steps:
- Place 1/4 oz Thyme Simple Syrup in the bottom of your flute
- Top off with Champagne
- Garnish with Thyme
This simple and refreshing cocktail is an excellent way to use your Thyme and a delicious way to spend a wet Memorial Day. Plus, there are COUNTLESS ways to use the Thyme Simple Syrup. I’m thinking about Thyme Lemonade for the kids this afternoon…. Pretty sure my syrup won’t last the recommended 4-6 weeks.