Old Thyme Sour Cocktail Recipe

Old Thyme Sour Cocktail With Irish Whiskey
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving

Building on a classic Whiskey Sour recipe, the Old Thyme Sour adds a number of new twists to create a delightful, very fun cocktail. The cocktail is innovative on many levels and it all begins with a mix of fresh thyme and Chartreuse. This is eventually lit on fire to give the drink a sweet-herbal-smoke background.

Building on that, this sour combines one of Jameson's finer Irish whiskies with elderflower and a homemade cinnamon-thyme syrup. Of course, in true sour fashion, we have to include a healthy dose of fresh lemon and a touch of egg white for that amazing texture that no other ingredient can give our drinks.

The Old Thyme Sour is a fascinating construction of flavors that are not normally mixed together and it works better than you may think just by reading the recipe.


Steps to Make It

  1. Place two sprigs of thyme and Chartreuse into an old-fashioned glass and stir to coat the thyme.

  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with two sprigs of thyme, remaining liquors, lemon juice, syrup, bitters, and egg white.

  3. Dry shake to incorporate ingredients, then add ice and shake thoroughly.

  4. Return to the Chartreuse-thyme glass and light the mixture on fire for a few seconds.

  5. Double strain the contents of the shaker into the glass to extinguish the flame.

  6. Add lemon zest and fill with fresh ice.

  7. Garnish with lemon and leftover thyme.

*Cinnamon-Thyme Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water 

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 2 sprigs of thyme

  • Cinnamon stick

  1. Heat water and sugar to dissolve, stirring constantly.

  2. Place cinnamon stick and thyme in ​the pot to simmer about 20-30 minutes to taste.

  3. Strain, cool, and bottle in a well-sealed container.

(Recipe Courtesy: Michael Grissinger - Instagram @griz_michael)