December 19, 2012

Pear Vodka + Thyme Lemonade

You can't be without a holiday tipple this Christmas. A little secret weapon you have in your back pocket for unexpected guests, guests at a dinner party or for a night in on the sofa with the girls. I  know I'll  defo be whipping this one out more than once! 

Using herbs in cocktails is the newest 'it' trend; whether it be thyme in this case, rosemary or sage. They're really delicious in your drink once you make a simple syrup out of them. The recipe below makes a cup of simple syrup so you'll have some left over for your fridge. Just make sure to keep it airtight and it'll keep for several weeks.

My drink is a lemonade to go with a light lunch or brunch. You can easily customise yours to suit your holiday festivities by switching up the lemonade with Champagne or Prosecco to make a 'fizz' or ginger beer to make a 'spritzer'. 

Be Merry and Enjoy!


First you need to make the thyme simple syrup; sugar, water and thyme heated until the sugar dissolves and allowed to infuse with the thyme while cooling. 

Everything you need for your holiday tipple: Absolut Pear Vodka, Cointreau, lemonade, thyme simple syrup, fresh thyme, ice and pear. 

Recipe, makes 3-4 drinks

Thyme Simple Syrup

2 Sprigs Thyme
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Caster Sugar

Place ingredients in a small pot.
Place over a medium heat and dissolve the sugar.
Remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 30 minutes.
Remove the thyme and allow to cool completely. 

80ml Absolut Pear Vodka
80ml Cointreau
500ml Lemonade eg 7Up
120ml Thyme Simple Simple
Ice, 1 Pear, Fresh Thyme Sprigs

Pour the vodka, Cointreau, thyme simple syrup into a pitcher and give a really good stir.
Top up with the lemonade.
Put the ice and some sliced pear into glasses and pour over the 'lemonade'.
Garnish with a few fresh thyme sprigs.


  1. I agree this a great tipple for the Holidays!

    John Mulry

    1. Thanks John! Especially great for tonight since it NYE!