Since Spring is right around the corner, I wanted to make a fresh, bright cocktail to welcome the new season. The Blueberry Thyme Collins is the perfect combination of fruity, sweet and fresh.
1.5 oz. of your favorite Gin
.5 oz. of St. Germaine
1 oz of regular simple syrup
2 oz of apple thyme simple syrup (instructions below)
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
Chilled club soda
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh blueberry preserves
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1. Begin by making your apple thyme simple syrup. In a small saucepan add 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, 1 1/2 cups of 100% apple juice and 1/4 cup of sugar.
Bring to a simmer, remove from heat, remove thyme sprigs and refrigerate until cool
2. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add gin, St. Germaine, simple syrup, apple thyme simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and blueberry preserves. Shake very well and strain into glass over ice
3. Top mixture with club soda
4. Garnish with fresh thyme sprig and lemon wheel