If you haven’t noticed, there’s been a little theme happening here the last couple weeks. Meyer lemons. This simple cocktail, the Meyer Leon Gimlet with Thyme Simple Syrup is a little bit like “grown up lemonade”. It’s made with gin ( or vodka), fresh squeezed Meyer lemons and a thyme infused simple syrup. It has easily become one of my favorites. Shake it up with ice, strain and serve it up in two glasses and enjoy it with a friend. The thyme can easily be substituted with rosemary, basil or even sage. The gin, can be replaced with vodka.
For the past two weeks we’ve been exploring Panama. After a few days in the city, wandering through historic old town, visiting the thriving fish market and a day trip to Taboga, a tiny island just off the pacific coast, we flew to the Carribean side of the country to an island called Bastamentos. Here wildlife abounds. Many of the beaches are still wild and undeveloped, loaded with shells, coral and wildlife. The jungle is teeming with birds, and we’ve stumbled upon a large family of monkeys and several sloths. The food has been relatively simple yet healthy and delicious…ceviche, papaya, plantains, pineapple, fresh grilled fish, coconut, rice, and even local chocolate. My favorite bite was from a little local girl selling curry scented chicken empanadas on the beach. I can’t wait to bring this fresh cuisine back home. To get a glimpse of this area, culture and people be sure to check out our instagram feed.
- 4 oz gin
- 1.5 oz Meyer lemon juice
- 1.5 oz thyme simple syrup ( or plain simple syrup)
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- handful thyme sprigs