Blueberry and Thyme Collins

Total Time:
2 hr 4 min
Prep:
4 min
Inactive:
2 hr

Yield:
4 servings (2 2/3 cups)
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups apple-thyme simple syrup, recipe follows
  • 1 cup gin (recommended: Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • Ice
  • 1/4 cup blueberry jam
  • Club soda, chilled
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish
  • Special equipment: a 2 1/2 cup-capacity martini shaker
  • Apple-Thyme Simple Syrup:
  • 20 (4-inch) long sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups 100 percent apple juice (recommended: Martinelli's)
Directions

In a pitcher, combine the syrup, gin and lemon juice. Refrigerate for 2 hours. To serve, add ice and half of the gin mixture to a martini shaker. Add 2 tablespoons of blueberry jam. Shake well and pour into ice-filled Collins glasses. Add a splash of club soda and garnish with fresh thyme sprigs. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Apple-Thyme Simple Syrup:

Gently crush the thyme sprigs and put them in a small saucepan. Add the sugar and apple juice. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 30 minutes. Strain before using.


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