23 Skiddoo: A Holiday Cocktail

Mmmm crisp air, boots, snow, holiday parties, cookies, sweater weather, & scarves. I love winter. And winter cocktails.

It’s November which means, by law, I can start thinking about the holidays, holiday parties, and which drinks I will be serving at those parties…

Roy (the boyfriend) and I.

I love gin. It is my drink of choice. I’ve noticed that people either love it or hate it. All too often I order a gin drink and the person I’m with makes a gross face and says something like “You like like gin? Blah. It tastes like Christmas.” Quite a few people have told me they don’t like gin because “it tastes like Christmas.” It must be something about the juniper berries that reminds people of the holidays. Well, what better time is there to drink a liquor that smells like Christmas than at a holiday party?

In college it was rare to find a fellow gin drinker. I can count them all on one hand (I’m talking to you, Tyler, Danielle, and Melissa). I recently got in touch with them to ask if they knew of any good gin-based holiday cocktails. Tyler got back to me with an enticing thyme flavored drink called 23 Skiddoo. I was sold. Thanks for the recipe Tyler!

Ingredients for the Thyme Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

Ingrediens for the Cocktail

  • Ice
  • 1 ounce of gin
  • 1/2 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce thyme syrup
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ounces chilled sparkling wine (or sparkling water if you don’t like the sweetness of the wine)
  • Garnish: thyme sprig

Directions for Thyme Syrup

  1.  Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat, add thyme leaves, cover and let stand 1 hour.
  3. Strain and refrigerate.

Directions for the Cocktail

  1. Fill mixing glass with ice, add gin, St Germain, thyme syrup, and lemon juice. Stir until cold.
  2. Strain into flute, top with sparkling wine and garnish with thyme sprig.

I want to point out that not all gins are created equal. I believe that when it comes to gin it is worthwhile to spend a little bit of extra money on the good stuff. Hendricks Gin and Brooklyn Gin are my favorites. If you are ever in Brooklyn you should go on a tour of Brooklyn Gin’s distillery. You get to taste their flavors at the end of the tour. It’s good fun. =)

Till next time! xo

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Value of Dinar or Iraqi Dinar and Its History - Some really excellent content on this site, thankyou for contribution.

Heather - Hi – I made these last night at a small gathering and they were a total hit. Thanks for the recipe.

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Cutest couple, ever.

And the cocktail?! Oh my. It’s too beautiful to drink!

Silvia-La gelida anolina - OMG!!!!!!!I really really really love your blog ^_^

Kankana - I like gin too and with the flavor of thyme, it must be one amazing drink!

Ashley - I love gin. I love thyme. I’m thinking I’d love this recipe. Also, your photos – amazing.

Karen A. - I’m the only person I know that loves gin. I will definitly have to try this recipe out!

Melissa! - Oh yum oh my. Making this immediately! Also, can I come visit sometime and help you out with one of your shoots? Looks like so much fun…we could make savory pies!

Mandy Jean - Yum! I absolutely love gin. I hear people say that it tastes “like a bunch of pine trees.” The Christmas comparison makes it sound better (lol). I love Hendricks as well. My favorite bar makes the best Scottish Mule with it!

Stevie - Have you seen the Made by Hand documentaries? They’re beautiful and all set in Brooklyn. Their first video in the series is about Breuckelen Distilling Company, the first gin distiller in Brooklyn since prohibition. http://thisismadebyhand.com/film/the_distiller

Ashlae - Yes, yes, yes to gin! It’s the only thing I’ll ever drink. Cannot wait to try this, lady!

Jes - I love all the glittery shots–you got the light perfect for the cocktail! And gin is so great–I’m a Hendricks or Bombay fan (I’m not really into the strong “Christmasy” ones)–and I’m definitely going to try out this cocktail soon!

FoodFeud - I love gin! I wouldn’t say it’s my drink of choice but I really do like it, though it doesn’t remind me of Christmas so much as summer, when I drink a lot of G&Ts. Ooh and gin martinis are good too. I like this drink recipe though, maybe I’ll try it. There’s only so much bourbon I can drink.

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