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Happy Hour: Winterthyme Cocktail

For a dinner party I hosted a few weeks ago, I needed a cocktail that would pair nicely with a Greek-inspired pork tenderloin. In my InStyle Parties book, I came across something called an Early Autumn Cocktail that sounded perfect; it combines lemon juice, the anise-y Galliano liqueur, and fresh thyme sprigs. But since it's January, not Fall, I decided to change the recipe slightly and give my cocktail a different name.

I thought the InStyle recipe was too tart, so I added more Galliano, honey liqueur, and a bit of simple syrup to create my Winterthyme Cocktail. The drink goes down easy, but the flavors are complex; it's like the anise, the honey, and the lemon all hit your taste buds at different times. The thyme sprigs offer an aromatic effect, since you inhale the scent as you sip. To get the recipe,


Winterthyme Cocktail
Adapted From InStyle Parties

Serves 8.

1 1/2 cups vodka
1 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup Galliano liqueur
1/2 cup honey liqueur, such as Berenjager
1/3 cup simple syrup
Fresh thyme sprigs

In a large pitcher, mix together the first five ingredients and stir vigorously. Fill eight glasses with ice and divide cocktail evenly between glasses. Garnish with a fresh thyme sprig.

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