Nothing says ‘brunch with the girls’ quite like a light and bubbly grapefruit and thyme gin fizz.
The origins of the basic gin fizz are often disputed. Some say the home grown British favorite Sloe Gin Fizz is where it all began. This concoction involves the soaking of sloe berries in high proof gin to create a tarte liqueur and adding lemon juice, sugar, and club soda. Others claim the cocktail was triumphed by Harry C. Ramos of New Orleans, who employed bartenders to simply mix his famous Ramos Gin Fizz with an approximate mixing time of 12 minutes.
Whatever its foundations, this oft-forgotten cocktail is a classic that definitely deserves a second look.
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
2-3 large sprigs of thyme
Gin Fizz (Serves 2)
2 oz thyme simple syrup
3 oz gin
3 oz grapefruit juice, fresh
1 cup ice
splash of club soda
sprig of thyme for garnish
1. To make the simple syrup, bring sugar, water, and 2-3 large sprigs of thyme to a simmer in a small saucepan, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2. To make the cocktail, add thyme simple syrup, gin, and fresh grapefruit juice to a martini shaker and shake vigorously until fizzy, approx. 1 min.
3. Divide the mixture into 2 glasses. Top with club soda and a sprig of thyme.