Spring seems to be well and truly here in Seattle. The trees are blooming and the air is warmer, birds are singing, and we're getting a few precious days of sun. It's one of my favorite times of year. It's also the time of year that I go through my freezer in the kitchen and see what I have lots of left from the previous year's purchases. Last year, it was Apricots and that led to the creation of our Apricot Cardamom shrub. We loved it so much that it's now part of our regular rotation.
This Blueberry Thyme shrub might have a similar place in our line up; it's that good.
I mean, I never make anything I don't personally want to drink but that doesn't mean all the flavors I invent are wildly successful with our adoring public. But if its inaugural weekend is anything to go by, it seems you really like this one. Which makes me so delightfully happy because I really love this one.
As I was making it, I was struck by the way thyme smells like loamy forests in the rain which got me thinking about the number one request I got after we published our Chandra cocktail a few weeks ago: a cocktail for Nissa, her fierce elven companion (and unconfirmed lover, but let's be real here we all ship it). I knew I wanted to make something very herbaceous and light, so initially I was thinking about gin. But honestly, I've always pictured elves as living in deciduous forests and gin is more of a deep pine forest sort of flavor.
So instead I pulled out some Aquavit I purchased from local distiller Old Ballard Liquor Co, which is just as herbaceous but without the juniper note. I did want a little bit of woody pine, so a touch of barrel aged gin from our friends at Copperworks was added as a grounding spirit. The barest whisper of Campari rounded everything out and kept things earthy. Overall the taste of this is very light and sippable, with a sweet berry start, lots of herbs and a lightly bitter/woody finish. I know you're going to enjoy this.
What other nerdy pursuits would go better with a themed cocktail? Let me know in the comments.
The Voice of Zendikar
.75 oz Blueberry Thyme shrub
1 oz Citron Aquavit
.5 oz Barrel Aged Gin
.5 tsp Campari
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake well, about 20 seconds, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. You can garnish with a lightly bruised thyme sprig or a few fresh blueberries, though I chose to leave it unadorned today.