Thyme, gin, and elderflower liqueur gently enhance sparkling wine in this cocktail adapted from Eleven Madison Park in New York (and featured in Mix Shake Stir.) The original features a syrup made from lemon thyme, but it works fine with regular thyme, too.
There's no need to use fancy Champagne for this cocktail—any decent cremant, cava, or prosecco will work.
- For thyme syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme leaves (or regular fresh thyme leaves)
- For the cocktail:
- 1 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 1/4 ounce thyme syrup
- 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 3 ounces chilled sparkling wine
- Garnish: thyme sprig
For the syrup: Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add thyme leaves, cover and let stand 1 hour. Strain and refrigerate.
For the cocktail: Fill mixing glass with ice, add gin, St Germain, thyme syrup, and lemon juice. Stir until cold. Strain into flute, top with sparkling wine and garnish with thyme sprig.