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Cocktail Thyme

Entertaining friends has your signature all over it. Let’s face it: when you pick the crowd, the menu, and the venue … your preferences come through. So when it comes to cocktails, the thought process should be exactly the same. Your signature cocktail should reflect the reason for, season of, or theme of your gathering.

I personally love a gimlet – anytime of year. It’s always a perfect time to break into the gin and chill it ice cold with a shot of thyme and lime. Hence, my fave drink, the limey thyme gin gimlet.

I have a feature on my blog every Thursday, “celeb cocktail of the week.” It’s an uber popular ode to the cocktail culture that has become so widespread. It does not surprise me how well-liked this post is every week. Let’s face it, people love their cocktails. GUILTY!

Why create your own, you ask? Because it spices up your entertaining 10 fold.

Make sure you greet each guest at the door with your signature mix. Greeting guests is sometimes overlooked, however, it’s the most basic hosting skill.

I greet each and every guest at the door, no matter how many guests, whether one or 100. Each person that has been invited to my home must feel invited, welcomed, and taken care of. When you’re hosting, I suggest you head to open the door and say hello, delicious cocktail in hand. Cheers!

Here’s my favorite recipe!

Lime-y Thyme-y Gin Gimlet

1.25 oz. Bombay Sapphire gin

1 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice

1 oz. thyme syrup

1 thinly sliced lime *garnish

1 sprig of fresh thyme *garnish

Directions: Put all ingredients in a small pot, simmer for 10 minutes, let cool. The syrup can be stored in a jar for up to two weeks.

Pour the gin, lime juice, and thyme syrup into a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and garnish with the lime slice and fresh thyme sprig.

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