It’s a fun day here on IBC. I’m getting a head start on the first day of spring (which is this coming Monday) by celebrating with a cocktail and spring-inspired bar cart.
Despite the foot of snow outside, things in my home are feeling fresh and welcoming thanks to colorful touches of the new season. I recently added a splash of color and function to my bar cart (You can check that out here.) To toast the new season, I thought a new cocktail was also in order.
Last week I was deep into a Netflix binge of the new-to-me comedy Schitt’s Creek. (Which, by the way, I adore. It took me a few episodes, but halfway through the first season, I was hooked. It’s definitely a bit odd, but there are moments of kindness and heart that totally won me over. I definitely recommend it.) Anyway, I was watching a scene in which David and Stevie were drinking a martini, and immediately, I had a craving for one. (Does that ever happen to anyone else?)
So I made one. Using what I had on hand, I threw together this Strawberry Thyme Martini and totally loved it. The combination of fresh berry with a hint of thyme gave me my martini fix and had me yearning for a warm spring day.
To make this cocktail, all you need is strawberry vodka, regular vodka, St. Germaine (elderflower liqueur), a wedge of lemon, a whole strawberry, and fresh thyme. (I’m using both strawberry vodka and regular vodka because I found that just the strawberry vodka made the martini too sweet for my taste.)
As with most martinis, everything gets added to a cocktail shaker full of ice to combine and chill. I decided to use my festive eggs cups as bar decor and jiggers for making my martini. How cute is that, right? They worked perfectly! I also think they could function beautifully as shot glasses.
I think you’ll find this to be a light and refreshing sipper. Perfect for spring! Let’s shake one up.
Makes one cocktail
Here's what you will need:
2 ounces strawberry vodka (I used Three Olives Strawberry Vodka.)
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce St. Germain
Sprig fresh thyme, plus one to garnish
Begin by muddling the strawberry in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, then fill with ice. Add the strawberry vodka, regular vodka, St. Germain, one sprig of fresh thyme, juice from a lemon wedge, and the wedge to the cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously.
Strain into a martini glass. Add the remaining sprig of fresh thyme for garnish.
Aren’t martinis simple to make? I think that’s one of the reasons I love them so much. This one is pretty, too. Shake one up and let me know what you think.
I hope you like this recipe. If you missed my tips for creating a spring bar cart, you can find them here.
Here’s to a blissful spring! Cheers!