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Meyer Lemon Gimlet with Thyme –a delicious and simple gin based cocktail that tastes like “grown-up” lemonade!

Meyer Lemon and Thyme Gimlet- Super refreshing gin cocktail, perfect for spring! #gimlet

Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends. ~Hafiz

If you haven’t noticed, there’s been a little theme happening here the last couple weeks. Meyer lemons. This simple cocktail, the Meyer Lemon 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.

Meyer Lemon and Thyme Gimlet- Super refreshing gin cocktail, perfect for spring! #gimlet
Meyer Lemon and Thyme Gimlet- Super refreshing gin cocktail, perfect for spring! #gimlet
Meyer Lemon and Thyme Gimlet- Super refreshing gin cocktail, perfect for spring! #gimlet
Meyer Lemon and Thyme Gimlet- Super refreshing gin cocktail, perfect for spring! #gimlet
Meyer Lemon and Thyme Gimlet- Super refreshing gin cocktail, perfect for spring! #gimlet
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Meyer Lemon Gimlet with Thyme Simple Syrup

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: drinks
  • Method: shake
  • Cuisine: French


Meyer Lemon and Thyme Gimlet- A super refreshing gin cocktail, perfect for spring!


Units Scale
  • 4 oz gin
  • 1.5 oz Meyer lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz thyme simple syrup ( or plain simple syrup)
Thyme simple syrup:
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • handful thyme sprigs


To make simple syrup, bring sugar, water and thyme to a low simmer in a small pot over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Let sit 30 minutes or overnight for a more intense flavor. Strain. Cool.
In a cocktail shaker add ice, gin, meyer lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake well. Pour into two small chilled glasses and garnish with sliced Meyer lemons or zest. Serve immediately.



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  1. Love it! Also great with Vodka. I don’t tend to like really sweet drinks, so I made it with just one oz. of syrup instead of 1.5 Oz.
    I will be having a large group over for Easter and will definitely be serving this delicious drink. Thank you for the recipe!!!

  2. Sylvia, you always come through with the best ideas.What are the chances that I felt like a drink…which is rather rare for me, AND I have all the ingredients on hand. And not just any drink…a really astounding one of course. The only gin I have is Bombay Sapphire…will this alter the result a lot?

  3. We had a tree full of Meyer Lemons, but didn’t have gin or vodka — so we substituted with Blanco tequila and it was quite tasty!! Cheers!!

  4. Sylvia,
    I just discovered your site and I love your recipes and your photography. This is the first time I have written to a Blogger so to say I’m impressed would be an understatement. Can’t wait to share several of your recipes with my family and friends.

  5. This looks incredibly good. I love the combination of meyer lemon + thyme, which seems perfectly spring appropriate. Lovely photographs, too!

  6. Only recently did I become a fan of gin, but I’ve always been a fan of Meyer lemons, so this cocktail is one I have to try. Which brand of gin do you like?

  7. I love lemons. So I love your theme. I also forgot that I used to LOVE gimlets. Thank YOU for reminding me. It was like finding an old friend again.

  8. I love meyer lemons! I did a similar cocktail awhile back but I can’t wait to try yours. 😀


Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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