Winter Thyme Cocktail
I love mixing up new cocktails and I am a sucker for anything with fresh lime juice! I always tend to go for a mule or mojito. However, since these are typically loaded with sugars when dining out they always leave me feeling awful! This recipe is made with a homemade simple syrup using honey instead of refined sugar. They honey also adds a nice flavor, especially when infused with the fresh thyme. Garnished with pomegranate seeds this makes a perfect festive winter cocktail!
A few tips when mixing up cocktails but not straying too far from a paleo diet. Alcohol is not paleo friendly, however it is important to have balance and enjoy a drink occasionally!
Since this recipe is using vodka, I will speak into that... most vodkas are made from wheat, corn, grain, and rye, which are not paleo friendly. However, because vodka is not brewed, but is a distilled spirits the gluten shouldn't be present, but there is a risk of cross contamination.
You also have another option, because there are some brands of vodka that are made with paleo friendly ingredients like potato and grapes. Some brands that you could look for are: Cîroc, Binboa, Vikingfjord, Boyd and Blair, Chase, Chopin, and Cirrus.
Another thing to consider if you are going to drink vodka, is what you are mixing it with. Use paleo friendly ingredients such as club soda, fresh citrus, or coconut water instead of sugary processed mixers. You can also use natural sweeteners like honey, coconut sugar, or maple syrup! I hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as I do!
THYME SIMPLE SYRUP
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup honey
10 sprigs fresh thyme
Stir honey into hot water until dissolved. Add fresh thyme and let steep for 10-15 minutes.
THYME COCKTAIL RECIPE
(SERVES ! )
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons thyme simple syrup
2 oz vodka
1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds for garnish
1 spring of thyme for garnish
Combine lime juice, simple syrup, and vodka over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake. Pour over ice. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and thyme sprig. Enjoy!