Let’s do something really adventurous! Here is a recipe to start now and use when the lockdown is over – hopefully as a great celebratory liqueur!
(A bit like flavouring Gin but a little more work!)
Spicy Thyme Warmer:
What you need:
A clean and dried bottle large enough to hold 1 litre.
15cm stick Cinnamon
¼ Vanilla pod
1 teaspoon Coriander seeds – lightly crushed
½ teaspoon Mace powdered/crushed (or Nutmeg)
Peel of small Lemon
1 heaped Tablespoon of fresh Thyme – leaves stripped off the stalks.
600ml Vodka or other alcohol (like Gin or White Rum)
What to do:
Crush the first 6 ingredients(above) finely in a mortar. Put it into the bottle. Cover with the alcohol. Close tightly. Leave in a cool dark place to macerate/steep in the alcohol for 15 days. Shake the bottle occasionally.
On day 16 filter the liquid using a fine sieve or coffee filter paper.
Heat the honey with the water and allow to cool. Stir well and add to the filtered alcohol.
Add a fresh sprig of Thyme to a glass, an ice cube or two, top up with liqueur and Cheers!