While surfing on Pinterest for good cocktail recipes - I found some recipes that we loved : grapefruit thyme cocktail. Recipe adapted from shutter bean. I'm not much of a cocktail person and prefer non-alcoholic beverages, but there are always exceptions ...this is a great recipe for summers. Hubs and me, both love grapefruit and always have, yes even as a child... grapefruit with black salt, yum, yum, yum!. I almost always have a grape fruit for breakfast....to early in the day for a cocktail, lol. You can do a non-alcoholic version without the gin and for kids replace the grapefruit (no gin) with a combination of orange and peach. Grapefruit is not something that is enjoyed by kids...don't look at me, I was a crazy kid who ate everything. The syrup is very versatile and is great in lemonade and 1/2 tsp in your margarita or even on your yogurt.
The thyme from my garden is doing so well and this is from my herb garden.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- small bunch of thyme
- 1 inch ginger grated
- 1 tbsp zest of grapefruit
- 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
- 5-6 grape fruit juiced
- 1 cup or less of gin
- 3-4 cups sparkling water
- Add 1 1/2 cup sugar, 2 cups water, grated ginger and thyme and let it boil for about 8-10 minutes. Steep overnight in the refrigerator or at least one hour. Strain and keep syrup aside, let it cool.
- Add the zest of grapefruit with 1/2 cup sugar. Keep this in a shallow plate.
- Keep water in a shallow plate dip the rim of the glass into water . Now dip the wet rim in grapefruit sugar.
- Add 3/4 of the glass with fresh fruit juice followed by 1/8 of syrup and 1/8 gin. Fill the rest with sparkling water. The proportion is your choice, if you like it sweeter, add more syrup and less grape fruit juice.
- Sprinkle with pinch of black pepper and stir. Garnish with thyme leaves.
- Serve chilled.
Store the syrup in an air tight container. It can be re-used, stays good for 2 weeks.