Aside from the whole month of Ginuary, World Gin Day is my favorite time of year! Are you drinking gin right now? Well, get to it! There are no excuses today! I recommend trying something new. I recently picked up a bottle of Russell Henry Hawaiian White Ginger Gin, from Craft Distillers. Coming in at 47.3%, this gin is a bit robust on its own, but mixed in a proper drink or served over the rocks with a splash of water and a lemon, and the flavor profile opens right up.
Recently I've used it in a Blueberry-Thyme Gimlet, with house-made blueberry thyme syrup and fresh lime juice.
BLUEBERRY THYME GIMLET
2 oz Russell Henry Hawaiian White Ginger Gin
1 oz lime juice
1 oz blueberry-thyme syrup
Shake & Double Strain into Chilled Cocktail Glass.
Garnish with fresh blueberries.
BLUEBERRY THYME SYRUP
2 cups fresh blueberries
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1 cup water
1 cup cane sugar
Combine ingredients in a pan over medium heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Press / crush blueberries against inside of pan to release juices. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Allow to cool. Strain through cheesecloth. Chill.
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