The Old Thyme Sour is a variation on the famous Whiskey Sour, but it certainly requires much more preparation than many other cocktails. In fact, the cinnamon-thyme syrup needed for the cocktail takes time to prepare by itself.
Another reason that this cocktail is different is that there is even a showmanship aspect to it, as some of the ingredients are lit on fire for an extra smoky feel. When you factor in the fact that the texture includes egg white; its obvious that this isnt the kind of cocktail a novice bartender should be making in any form or fashion.
- 2 ounces of whiskey
- 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
- ½ ounce of St. Germain
- ½ ounce of cinnamon-thyme syrup
- Dash of angostura bitters
- 1 egg white
- ¼ ounce of Green Chartreuse
- 5 sprigs of thyme
- For cinnamon-thyme syrup:
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 1 cup water
- 1 ½ cups of sugar
- Put water in pot, then add sugar. Heat while stirring until sugar fully dissolves.
- Place cinnamon stick and thyme into the pot and let it simmer for about half an hour.
- Strain, cool, and bottle in a well-sealed container.
- Place two sprigs of rhyme and Chartreuse into an old-fashioned glass and stir to coat the thyme.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with two sprigs of thyme, remaining liquors, lemon juice, bitters, egg white, and syrup.
- Dry shake, then add ice, and shake thoroughly.
- Light the thyme/Chartreuse glass on fire for a few seconds to add “smoky” component to the drink.
- Double-strain the contents of the shaker to extinguish the flame.
- Add lemon zest and fill with fresh ice to refresh the drink all over again and make it presentable.
- Garnish with thyme and lemon (optional).
- Cocktail shaker
- Old-fashioned glass
- Sealable container
- Stirring spoon
When you are tired of having whiskey sours, and love the taste/feel of them, but want something special for a certain occasion, or simply to impress your date with the presentation of a complex cocktail, the Old Thyme Sour is really the way to go. Enjoy!