If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you’ll know that when special occasions roll around I love to whip up a lil’ something special. My mind tends to go to cakes and fun treats but for this Mother’s Day I thought I’d try my hand at a special cocktail. After a few failed attempts I can now say that this recipe for a Strawberry Thyme Champagne Cocktail is going to be a big hit this Sunday! It’s refreshing, slightly sweet and with the thyme infused simple syrup there is a delicious herbaceous note that pairs perfectly with the strawberries!
Some of the best cocktails I’ve tried have various herby undertones and other unconventional ingredients. For this simple recipe I played around with both thyme and basil infusions. Both were delicious but my favourite was the thyme! I’m now trying to think of other ways to use the leftover syrup!
Overly sweet drinks are not my thing so, to avoid that, for this Strawberry Thyme Champagne Cocktail I used a dry champagne. If you’re like me on the sweetness scale choose a ‘Nature Brut’ or ‘Extra Brut’ variety for the sparkling beverage. You could always reduce the amount of infused syrup too but you might lose out on the subtle thyme flavour.
Hope you enjoy this little delight and Happy Mother’s Day! ?
Strawberry Thyme Champagne Cocktail Recipe
Makes 1 Cocktail
- 1-2 Tbsp (1/2-1oz) Gin (I happend to use Phrog Gin)
- 1 Tbsp (1/2oz) puréed Strawberries**
- 2 Tbsp (1oz) Thyme Simple Syrup (see below for the easy how-to)
- 3/4 cup (6oz) Champagne or Sparkling Wine
- Take 1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries and blend until smooth. Set aside. If using frozen strawberries, remove them from the freezer 10 – 15 minutes before blending them.
- Take a stemmed champagne glass and carefully add 1 Tablespoon of the strawberries, 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon of gin and the 2 Tablespoons of simple syrup. Gently mix together in the glass.
- If you desire the layered effect to this cocktail, take a teaspoon, turn it upside down and with it touching the inside of the glass carefully and slowly pour the champagne over the spoon.
- Garnish with a piece of strawberry and a small sprig of thyme.
**I tried both fresh and frozen strawberries but preferred the organic frozen ones – sweeter and richer in colour!
Thyme Infused Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 5 tsp fresh thyme**
- Bring the sugar and water to a boil.
- Reduced the temperature and simmer for 1 minute.
- Turn the heat off and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
- Strained the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a glass container.
- Let cool with the lid off.
- Can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
**If you’re a basil lover use 1/2 cup of fresh basil in place of the fresh thyme – equally delicious!