I came to this theory while daydreaming about what other ingredients go with thyme. A giant tomato floated into my consciousness, and, well, it couldn’t have hit me harder if someone had thrown it at me.
Tomatoes go beautifully with thyme. And what drink stars the tomato? The Bloody Mary.
Thusly and therefore, I gave it a whirl. The drink was fantastic—as substantial and spicy as a traditional Bloody, but with that edge of thyme that gave it a freshness straight out of the garden.
My experimental subjects are, unfortunately, too far away to test the theory right now, but I have plans. Oh, yes, I have plans. And in the meantime, I recommend this for your next Spring brunch. It’s, after all, about thyme.
Thyme for a Bloody
6 oz. tomato juice
2 oz. thyme-infused vodka*
1/2 tsp. prepared horseradish
1 tsp. soy sauce
The juice of a 1/4 lime
A dash of hot sauce
- Combine all ingredients in a pint glass.
- Stir quickly to mix thoroughly, and add crushed ice to fill the rest of the glass.
- Garnish with your favorites: olives, spicy pickled green beans, lime, celery, etc.
- Serve immediately.
* To make the thyme-infused vodka, simply take a clean mason jar, put in 5-7 clean thyme sprigs, then fill with good vodka. Cover and steep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Other thyme-infused beverage recipes to try: