Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Strawberry Thyme Gin Fizz and a Giveaway!

It's my pleasure today to tell you about my friend Heidi's new line of syrups and to give you the opportunity to win a gift basket.  Heidi writes the Young Grasshopper blog and she and I are bonded in our love of cocktails.  Now she, and her catering partner, have created a line of flavored syrups, called Not So Simple Syrup, for those cocktails as well as iced teas, lemonades, cakes...the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.  They work with a local bottler, use only the finest ingredients and personally test every batch.

A few weeks ago, Heidi sent me some test bottles to get my opinion and I was blown away by how natural tasting the syrups were.  I was immediately inspired and this gin fizz is the result.  The strawberry version of the syrup was so natural that it paired with thyme as well as fresh strawberries would.  And you can make it with or without the fizz depending on the octane level you want.

Check out the Not So Simple Syrup website to see the full line of flavors and get some more recipe inspirations.  Then, be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a gift basket containing two full size bottles of syrup (assorted flavors), a muddler, two stemless glasses and a bar towel.  Open to US residents only.  Cheers!

Per Serving:
2 oz. Gin
2 oz. Strawberry Not So Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
2 oz. Lemon-lime soda
Leaves of two thyme sprigs

Add the syrup and thyme leaves to a cocktail shaker and muddle until the leaves have broken down a bit.  Add the gin and lemon juice and fill the shaker with ice.  Shake well and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.  Top with the lemon-lime soda and garnish with a sprig of thyme.






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Not So Simple Syrup provided me with samples but I was under no obligation and the opinions and recipe are my own.

28 comments:

  1. Congrats to Heidi! Her syrups sound amazing and while it is easy to make a simple syrup, I sure wouldn't mind skipping that extra step of a flavored one.

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  2. The syrups sound awesome, and so does that drink. I am a new fan of gin, I didn't think I liked it but turns out I was just drinking crappy gin.

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  3. You know I love a good cocktail, and this is a good cocktail. I am in love with Heidi's syrups, too.

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  4. I am sooooo making this drink tonight, thanks so much Anita for giving the syrups a try and coming up with this awesomeness and of course hosting the giveaway XXOO

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  5. I think it would be so fun to make several pitchers of lemonade and try all the flavors at a family gathering...

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  6. Way to go, Heidi!
    I used to be the sloe gin fizz QUEEN. These days, I just want a couple maraschino cherries in my lemonade ;)

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  7. I would definitely use it in cupcakes, icing, pies, maybe cheesecake or tiramisu!
    Strawberry tiramisu!

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  8. What fabulous syrups! I love the idea of this gin fizz too! I would do something with lemonade...a way to celebrate the last few days of warmth!

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  9. Another terrific cocktail!!! I've been testing these amazing simple syrups out myself....so good to have your recipe!

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  10. I just love strawberries with thyme and I bet this drink is divine!

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  11. OH I would make so many wonderful drinks with this!! Yay for Heidi!!

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  13. I am in love with St. Germain and I spy the Sparkling Not So Simple Sangria Flora on Heidi's blog! It sounds amaZing! I would definitely want to try that!

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  14. This is an interesting combination!

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  15. Love strawberries and gin fizzes. What a cool combo! Love the Not So Simple Syrup idea!

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  16. I'd invite you over to make me drinks if I won the NSSS!

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  17. Congrats to Heidi and best wishes to her success with NSSS! I'd start whipping up some cocktails if I had some.

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  18. make my self a yummy drink with some girlffriends!

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  19. I'd love to try these in a cocktail or lemonade!
    spgoddess55(at)msn(dot)com

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  20. I love this recipe. Her syrup is the bomb. I'm concocting stuff this week. It's really good stuff.

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  21. I would love to make a lavender lemon vodka drink!

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  22. Every recipe I have tried I have loved! Congrats Heidi & Barbie I love your product ;)

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  23. I would use them to make lemonade or in cakes! Congrats to Heidi on her new business!

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  24. would love to try this!

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