Thyme in a Bottle
- 1.5 oz. Akvavit (Aalborg Taffel)
- 0.5 oz. Thym liqueur
- 0.5 oz. Kina L’Aero D’Or (Tempus Fugit)
- 0.25 oz. Creme de menthe (Tempus Fugit)
- 0.25 oz. lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain into coupe. Spritz with absinthe.
I don’t make enough with akvavit (or aquavit), and I really should try more. Think gin with caraway in place of juniper (way oversimplification). So here was one recent attempt, playing with the combination of the thyme flavored liqueur. I needed the lemon for acid, and against this had to bolster the sweet, so I reached for the creme de menthe as I felt this was a nice combination with the lemon and thyme that didn’t detract from the herbaceousness of the akvavit. Finally for a bitter component I added the Kina which rounded things nicely.
The name was pretty immediate (a rarity), coming from the Jim Croce song. I know the first thing I want to do. Drink this.