Lemon-Thyme Martini

  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 cups water

2 cups granulated sugar

zest of 1 lemon

1 handful fresh thyme sprigs

1/2-cup lemon-flavored vodka, such as Citron

1/4-cup Lemoncello

candied lemon rind, for garnish


  1. To make the herb-simple syrup for the martini, combine the water, sugar and lemon zest in a pot over medium heat. Gently simmer for 3 minutes until the sugar is dissolved, swirling the pot over the heat now and then. Do not allow to boil or get dark. Put the thyme in a mason jar or glass container and pour the sugar syrup on top; allow to steep while it cools for 1-2 hours to infuse the herb flavor into the syrup. Strain to remove the solids. 
  2. In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, Lemoncello, and 4 tablespoons of the herb-syrup. Shake well until frothy and strain into 4 chilled martini glasses. Float candied lemon rind in each glass for great presentation.
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