Thyme of the Year | Cocktail Party

Thyme of the Year

Thyme of the Year, a hot cocktail with madeira, vodka, apple juice, lemon juice, orange juice, salt, apricot jam, and fresh thyme

Thyme of the Year is a warm, inviting cocktail made for winter in the southern hemisphere by the writes at LiquorLand Toast, a spirits magazine “made by Kiwis, for Kiwis.”

Madeira, a fortified wine, is the star of the show, lending a rich oxidized-raisin flavor that plays perfectly with citrus, apple juice (unfiltered if you can get it), and stone fruit jam (LiquorLand calls for apricot, but peach and plum are lovely too). The thyme is used as a garnish, but it’s definitely not optional; the scent of the herb, carried aloft on warm wafts of steam, defines the drink and fully justifies the name.

Ingredients

Instructions

Add all ingredients (except the jam and thyme) to a small saucepan. Heat over medium until warm (but nowhere near boiling). Stir in the jam to dissolve it, and pour the whole mixture into a heatproof mug. Slap the sprig of thyme between your palms and garnish the drink with it. An extra citrus twist for garnish is nice, too.

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