The nasty hot heat of Houston summer is approaching and we are trying something new over here at Cheers 2 That. We want to actually get into the routine of posting here instead of writing ideas down in a book, so we thought it would be fun to create little videos of drink recipies to give the words more then just a picture or two.
SUMMER THYME COOLER
1 1/2 oz London dry gin (really your preference, but here I used Plymouth gin)
1/2 oz Falernum
1/2 oz St. Germain
3/4 oz FRESH squeezed lime juice (fresh is key!!!)
4 healthy sprigs of thyme (you only need the leaves for this, the stems can lend a bitter flavor!)
1 can/bottle of your favorite summer ale (around here Summer and I enjoy the Brooklyn Summer Ale)
HOW TO BUILD THIS DRINK
First start by filling your shaker with the gin, falernum, St. Germain, lime juice, and the thyme leaves. Next fill up the shaker with ice (you are going to need to a good amount since we are using the ice to break up the thyme.) Then seal up your shaker and shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Grab your best looking Collins glass and fill it up with ice. Now open up your shaker grab a hawthorn strainer and a fine strainer (you can find these at a big supermarket, might be called a tea strainer as well). Strain through both into the Collins glass. Grab you beer and top the drink off. Garnish with whatever you like, I tend to garnish with what's in the drink so people can get an idea. Add a straw and drink it up!
The Summer Thyme Cooler is meant to be light, refreshing, and clean. This drink is just a template, so make it your own! If you don't like gin, use vodka! If you want some berries in it, throw them into the shaker! It's all about having fun and quenching some thirst!
CHEERS & BEERS - alphonso