Thyme for Mezcal

Thyme for Mezcal Recipe
Photo: John Lee; Styling: Karen Shinto
We unearthed our shakers to create the spring fling cocktail--Thyme for Mezcal. LIke tequila, mezcal is made from agave, except the plant is roasted in a tone-lined pit, resulting in an overt smokiness to the drink.

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Ingredients

1/4 cup sugar
8 thyme sprigs, plus more for garnish
2 ounces mezcal (moderately smoky)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Lemon twist

Preparation

1. Make thyme-flavored simple syrup: Microwave 1/4 cup water, sugar, and 8 thyme sprigs, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved; chill at least 2 hours, then discard thyme.

2. Put a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker and add mezcal, lemon juice, liqueur, and 1 tbsp. thyme-flavored simple syrup. Shake and strain into a martini glass or a coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist and a thyme sprig.

May 2013