Leaning into the simplicity and elegance of stirred drinks, this cocktail showcases The Botanist’s refined flavor, complemented by a pop of acidity and sweetness from an herbaceous cordial made from meadowsweet and lemon thyme. The result is a Gimlet riff that could easily convert the most dedicated Martini drinker.
- 2 ounces The Botanist gin
- 1 1/2 ounces meadowsweet and lemon thyme cordial (see Editor’s Note)
Garnish: lemon peel, fresh meadowsweet flower (optional)
- Combine gin and cordial in a mixing glass with ice and stir.
- Pour into a chilled Nick & Nora glass, then express lemon peel over drink and discard.
- Optionally, garnish with a fresh meadowsweet flower.
Meadowsweet and Lemon Thyme Cordial
2 teaspoons dried meadowsweet
2 cups hot filtered water
¾ cup sugar
1 heaping teaspoon malic acid powder
¼ teaspoon citric acid powder
small bunch (roughly a handful) fresh lemon thyme
1. Combine dried meadowsweet and hot filtered water in a tempered vessel and brew a strong tisane (approximately 10 to 15 minutes).
2. Strain out the meadowsweet, and add the tisane to a pot with the sugar, acid powders and lemon thyme. Heat on low until the liquid is warm, then remove from heat and stir until the sugar and acid powders have dissolved.
3. Strain the liquid through a coffee filter and funnel into a container. Allow the cordial to come back to room temperature before refrigerating.