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Strawberry and thyme sparkler


Serves: 4, with syrup left over
timePrep time: 10 mins
timeTotal time:
Strawberry and thyme sparkler
Recipe photograph by Martin Poole

Strawberry and thyme sparkler

A heavenly mix of sweet strawberry and thyme syrup, fruity gin and bubbles – this really is summer in a glass!

Serves: 4, with syrup left over
timePrep time: 10 mins
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Sarah Akhurst

Sarah Akhurst

Our Food Director Sarah is a food obsessive, and spends most of her time scoping out the latest food trends, experimenting in her own kitchen, or making her family wait to eat while she photographs every dinner she makes for the 'gram! A complete Middle Eastern food junkie, she is never far from a good shawarma marinade, a pinch of Aleppo chilli or a sprig of dill
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Sarah Akhurst

Sarah Akhurst

Our Food Director Sarah is a food obsessive, and spends most of her time scoping out the latest food trends, experimenting in her own kitchen, or making her family wait to eat while she photographs every dinner she makes for the 'gram! A complete Middle Eastern food junkie, she is never far from a good shawarma marinade, a pinch of Aleppo chilli or a sprig of dill
See more of Sarah Akhurst ’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 120ml strawberry gin (such as Beefeater)
  • 2 tbsp strawberry and thyme syrup (see below)
  • 400ml Champagne or crémant, well chilled
  • 4 strawberries, quartered
  • a few thyme sprigs
For the strawberry and thyme syrup (makes 350ml)
  • 250g strawberries, halved
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme

Step by step

  1. For the syrup, put all the ingredients in a saucepan with 300ml water. Heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes, until the strawberries have completely broken down. Pass through a sieve and leave to cool.
  2. For the cocktail, fill a shaker with ice and add the gin and 2 tablespoons of syrup. Shake well and then strain into four flutes. Top up with fizz and garnish with the quartered strawberries and thyme sprigs.

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