Giada's Apple and Thyme Martinis--A "Simple Saturday Sipper" That's Perfect for Fall
Posted Nov 05 2010 11:34pm
It's apple season--time for apple pie, apple cider, apple crisp and even apple-centered cocktails like this Apple and Thyme Martini from Giada De Laurentiis. From "Giada's Kitchen ." This is a simple drink that is the perfect Simple Saturday Sipper to celebrate fall.
Giada says, "In Seattle, where I first had a version of this drink, martinis come garnished with a sprig of Douglas fir. Thyme syrup contributes a similar herbaceous zing, and little balls of apple are a whimsical touch This is a great cocktail."
Apple and Thyme Martini "Giada's Kitchen" by Giada de Laurentiis (Makes 4 Servings) Ice 10 oz vodka 6 oz apple juice 1/4 cup Thyme Simple Syrup (recipe follows) 1 large apple, peeled 4 fresh thyme sprigs
Chill 4 martini glasses in the freezer.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, apple juice, and thyme syrup and shake for about 10 seconds. Divide among the 4 chilled martini glasses.
Using a melon baller, scoop out small balls of apple. Place 3 balls of apple and 1 sprig of thyme in each glass for garnish. Serve immediately.
Thyme Simple Syrup (Makes 1 Cup) 1 cup sugar 5 large fresh thyme sprigs
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, thyme, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce the heat, and simmer until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and cool the syrup. Any extra cooled syrup can be saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Notes/Results: Very tasty--potent, flavorful and not too sweet. The pairing of apple and thyme is delicious and perfect for fall. I used the lemon thyme from my herb garden because it grows more prolifically than my regular thyme. I used a Honeycrisp apple and fresh apple juice for the drink--which added a nice juicy tartness to it. I liked this cocktail a lot and will make it again.
Although I already linked a recipe for "Out of Italy" at I Heart Cooking Clubs (Giada's Asian Chicken Salad here) but I'm linking this Seattle-inspired cocktail one as an extra this week. You can check out what all the other IHCC participants made this week by going to the post here and following the links.