fresh blackberries, fresh lemon juice, and thyme-infused simple syrup are combined with bourbon for this gorgeous, refreshing blackberry, thyme, and lemon bourbon cocktail. blackberry, thyme, and lemon bourbon cocktail | a flavor journal food blog

I’m such a sucker for good cocktails.  I started bartending at the ripe age of 21, while working at a local steakhouse during college. Apparently, I had “expressed interest” in the slight bump in my restaurant-employee-title, so they promoted me to work behind the bar.  I knew NOTHING about wine, spirits, or beer.  Nada.

fresh blackberries, fresh lemon juice, and thyme-infused simple syrup are combined with bourbon for this gorgeous, refreshing blackberry, thyme, and lemon bourbon cocktail. blackberry, thyme, and lemon bourbon cocktail | a flavor journal food blogFast forward about a decade, and I’ve made this blackberry, thyme, and lemon bourbon cocktail for you.  You see, I’ve learned a few things over the past nine years.  Not like, major things, but at least I’ve learned how to put this drink together. 😉

This cocktail is bright and refreshing, thanks to the sweet fruit and citrus.  The thyme-infused simple syrup adds a layer of earthy sweetness.  On that point, the thyme-infused simple syrup is REALLY easy to make.  I promise!  Simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar, combined in a sauce pan, and brought to a boil.  As soon as the liquid becomes clear, turn off the heat.  Add a small handful of fresh thyme sprigs, and let it steep for thirty minutes.

Done!  Easy.

fresh blackberries, fresh lemon juice, and thyme-infused simple syrup are combined with bourbon for this gorgeous, refreshing blackberry, thyme, and lemon bourbon cocktail. blackberry, thyme, and lemon bourbon cocktail | a flavor journal food blogYou can keep the thyme-infused simple syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.  Use it to get creative with some other cocktails!  Like my upcoming pear and thyme prosecco cocktail.   (That one is more holiday appropriate.) 🙂

I know blackberries aren’t in season during the holidays, but I wanted to make this cocktail anyway.  It’s very versatile, and is a little too easy to drink – in my opinion.  However, I love bourbon on the rocks with a splash of water … so maybe my tastes are a little off.

fresh blackberries, lemon juice, and thyme-infused simple syrup are combined with bourbon for this refreshing blackberry, thyme, and lemon bourbon cocktail. blackberry, thyme, and lemon bourbon cocktail | a flavor journal food blogThink of this as a cocktail you would order if you were going out for a great dinner.  Bartenders these days tend to lend toward old-fashioned recipes, and  back in the day, people liked to taste their booze.  Don’t be afraid of tasting the bourbon in this one.

If you aren’t so much a fan of that, come back for the pear and thyme prosseco cocktail recipe this weekend!!  Cheers to you, whichever route you choose to take! 🙂

a flavor journal | sara rose

blackberry, thyme, and lemon bourbon cocktail
Serves 2
fresh blackberries, lemon juice, and thyme-infused simple syrup are combined with bourbon for this refreshing blackberry, thyme, and lemon bourbon cocktail.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 blackberries, fresh
  2. 2 oz. thyme-infused simple syrup (see 'notes' for directions)
  3. 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  4. 3 oz. bourbon (I used a rye)
  5. crushed ice
  6. lemon wheel, for garnish
  7. fresh thyme sprig, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine fresh blackberries and thyme-infused simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Muddle thoroughly.
  2. Add lemon juice, bourbon, and a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously, breaking some of the ice cubes inside the shaker to ensure it's nice and cold.
  3. Fill two cocktail glasses halfway full of crushed ice. Strain cocktail directly onto crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with lemon wheel and fresh thyme sprig.
Notes
  1. Thyme-infused simple syrup is easy! Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup granulated sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan. Stir. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, turn off the heat.
  2. Toss in a small bunch of fresh thyme sprigs, and let steep for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Discard thyme sprigs. Store this in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  4. This recipe is for two cocktails! 🙂
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