If there’s one thing I took away from my last cookbook tour, it’s that you guys wanted more cocktails! Well, I’m here to apologize for that but tell you that I PROMISE to make it up to you today and in the future! So without further ado… let’s make a very festive holiday cocktail…. A Thyme Apple Cider Spritz!
Thanksgiving is just days away and while I might not be drinking these WITH alcohol this year (#pregnancy) you can get I’ll be making a mocktail version while my husband gets to sip on the real thing. It’s all my favorite things when it comes to cocktails or mocktails rolled up into 1 glorious drink:
1: It’s a spritz. And really all cocktails should have a bit of a fizz to them.
2: There’s an element of freshness in it! Fresh thyme makes the simple syrup which gives the cocktail a leg up on all other cocktails.
3: There’s a bit of apple cider and Angostura bitters in the drink, which just makes the perfect balance in a cocktail!
Any cocktail that meets all those requirements is my jam!!
So, go ahead and get yourself the ingredients and make this Thyme Apple Cider Spritz and kick back to admire your skills!
Thyme Apple Cider Spritz
For the thyme syrup:
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 8 sprigs thyme
For the Thyme Apple Cider Spritz
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 1/2 cups dark rum (remove if you're making a mocktail)
- 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon Angostura bitters
- Club soda
- 8 sprigs of thyme
- 8 lime slices
For thyme syrup:
- Bring the equal amounts of the sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, add thyme sprigs, and cover. Let stand 10 minutes, then strain into a small jar. Let cool entirely.
- Mix thyme syrup, apple cider, rum, lime juice, and bitters in a large pitcher. Divide among glasses filled with ice and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with thyme sprigs and lime slices.
Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking
I can’t wait to tey this delicious cocktail on Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing. Question, where are the glasses from?
Thank you! Making this tonight. I have just about everything needed!
A fresh holiday cocktail! Can you hear me smacking my lips??
Where are the cocktail glasses from?!
This looks great! What kind of apple cider do you recommend – sparkling or non-sparkling?
either is great! I’ve done it with both!
What a tasty drink for our small family to enjoy during this weird holiday season. Cheers!!
This is the perfect festive fall/winter drink I’ve been looking for! I tried this last evening myself, minus the rum also. It is fabulous on it’s own- less calories too. I used honey crisp apple cider and lime seltzer bc that’s all I had. Still amazing. Going to try it with honey or agave syrup next time for some added intrigue. Thanks Gaby for the holiday inspiration!
I’d also love to know where your beautiful copper glasses and pitcher are from? Or are they antiques?
Yum what a great recipe! Quick question, can you provide the link to your herb grow planter? I need one.
I have the aerogarden!
Made these for thanksgiving and they were SO DELICIOUS! It was a perfectly balanced cocktail: not too strong, not too weak, not too sweet. Everyone loved them! Will definitely make again!