On one day when I had exhausted most of the show on demand I came across a cocktail show. I hate to admit it, but it was hosted by Sandra Lee and it did NOT suck. It was actually a good show, with creative cocktails. One episode she made a cocktail called the Old Thymer. It sounded so good that I went upstairs to alert Chris that "we will be making a new drink tonight - on your way home from work grab an orange." This was all I told him, if he knew it came from Sandra Lee he would have immediately hated the drink.
It takes a tad bit of advanced planning, to ensure that you have the simple syrup and the rosemary sugar, but this is a minimal amount of effort and these can both be made in a few minutes, although the sugar gets better and better the more it sits.
Here it is, you're new summer cocktail. CHEERS!
The Old Thymer
1/2 ounce simple syrup
6 sprigs fresh thyme
2 lemon wedges
1 orange wedge
3/4 ounces bourbon, such as Bulleit (I used Gentleman's Jack)
3/4 ounces sweet vermout
Ice, for chilling and serving
Combine the simple syrup, thyme, lemon and orange in a cocktail shaker, muddle together. Add the bourbon, vermouth and ice. Shake and strain into a lowball glass filled with ice.
Finely chop a sprig of fresh rosemary leaves (make sure they are not wet) and add to 1/4 cup granulated sugar (you can use cane sugar as well, it might even be better). Let sit long enough for the sugar to take on some of the rosemary essence.
Cut an orange slice in half and dip into the rosemary sugar to coat both sides and the rind. Float on the top of the glass.
Rating = So Damn Good