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Cocktail Class with Maggie Humphreys of Sharing Thyme

Recipe: Cocktails from Sharing Thyme

Last week, we hosted our first event: a cocktail class led by Maggie Humphreys of Sharing Thyme. The bar at Packard’s was the perfect setting for guests to pour, muddle, and shake up some delicious drinks. More details from the event will be posted soon, but I am excited to share recipes today. You will definitely want to put these ingredients on your grocery list – the recipes are so simple and so so good! I’ve already made several Jam Smash’s this week… to share with friends, of course. There are so many different combinations you can experiment with so grab your shaker, some ingredients and give these a try. You won’t regret it!

 

Tips before you start:

 

    • The recipes are made to go perfectly with the jigger’s (the little double-sided cups you see bartenders use to measure and pour liquids) from W&P Designs. One side holds 3/4 oz and the other  1 1/2 oz. If you don’t have a jigger, just use a regular liquid measuring cup.

 

    • Fresh squeezed lime and lemon juice is best.

 

    • Maggie found the D’arbo Seedless Rosehip Jam used in the Jam Smash and Jam-garitas at the Super Cao Nguyen on Classen. I stopped by today and they were out (apparently there’s been a run on Rosehip Jam), but hopefully they will restock soon or you can order it here (choose the “Fine Rosehip Fruit Spread”). The Rosehip + Thyme jammie was incredibly delicious. You will want one!

 

    • You have the option of topping your Jam Smash with sparkling water, but–please–don’t add the sparkling water until you’ve poured it in your glass. Never add it to the shaker. I thought you might just lose some of the fizz, but apparently it can be a little worse than that. Imagine shaking a can of soda and popping it open… not good for you or your shirt. Possibly a great prank.

 

  • To sugar or salt the rim of your glass, just swipe the it with a wedge of lime and dip it into the salt or sugar. Or salty sugar for your margarita (more on that later…). Whole Foods has some really pretty pink salts in the bulk spices section to make a drink extra festive.

 

{if you don’t have a shaker at home, stop by Plenty Mercantile on Automobile Alley – they stock Mason Shakers, muddlers and jiggers from W&P Designs. Definitely the cutest shaker around}

 

Double Mint Julep  |  Serves 2

 

3 oz bourbon

1 1/2 oz vanilla bean simple syrup

3/4 oz Double Mint Extract

1 egg white

 

1. Combine all ingredients except ice in a shaker and do a dry shaker for 3 seconds. Add ice and shake for an additional 10-15 seconds.

2. Pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with mint leaves.

 

Double Mint Extract: Muddle 4 spearmint leaves & 4 peppermint leaves with 3/4 oz bourbon. Let infuse for 15 minutes. Strain.

 

Jam Smash | serves 1

 

1 1/2 oz gin or bourbon

3/4 oz lemon juice

2 tbsp jam

1 tsp. agave nectar

Fresh herbs

 

1. Sugar the rim of your glass (optional). Set aside.

2. Place herbs in the shaker with lemon juice and muddle. Add ice and remaining ingredients to shaker. Cap and shaker for 15 seconds.

3. Pour into a glass and top with sparkling water (optional). {again, add the sparkling water after you’ve shaken the rest of the ingredients} Garnish with herbs and fresh berries.

 

Maggie recommended the following combinations:

rose hip + thyme/mint

strawberry + peppermint/thyme

blackberry + basil/sage

cherry + sage/mint

 

Perfect-for-Summer Margarita | Serves 2

 

3 oz tequila blanco (100% agave)

1 1/2 oz juice (lime, blackberry, pomegranate, blood orange, grapefruit, etc.)

3/4 oz lime juice

3/4 oz Cointreau

 

1. Salt/sugar the rim of the glass. Set aside.

{salty sugar rim: mix equal parts kosher salt + sugar.}

2. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, cap, and shake for 15 seconds.

3. Pour into a glass over ice.

 

Variations:

  • Spicy Margarita: Muddle 4 slices of jalapeño with tequila in shaker before adding ingredients. Double strain. Garnish with a slice of jalapeño. For an extra spicy margarita, you can infuse the tequila with jalapeños: add 3 slices jalapeños to a jarful of tequila (the mason shaker jar works perfectly – just trade out the strainer for a regular jar top) and let set for at least 24 for hours. Strain well.
  • Jam-garita: Substitute 3/4 oz lime juice with 3/4 oz jam and use 1 1/2 oz lime juice. Garnish with lime slice and fresh berries corresponding with chosen jam.

 

I hope you enjoy trying out these recipes! I’ve never really tried to mix drinks before the cocktail class, but I’ve had a lot of fun trying different combinations of jam in the Smash & Margarita. If you try out a recipe, post a pic on Instagram and tag us (@themakerstable). To see what our cocktail class guests have made and more from coming workshops check out #themakerstable on Instagram and Twitter. For more yummy cocktails & food recipes, check out Maggie’s blog, Sharing Thyme and her instagram @sharingthyme. A big BIG thank you to Maggie for sharing not only her thyme (see what I did there?) but her talent with us.

 

cheers!

 

credits:
recipes | Maggie Humphreys
calligraphy & recipe cards | Molly Perkins of rekindled rentals
photography | Courtney Waugh

1 Comment

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    09.06.2014 at 05:08 Reply

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