Valenthyme's Day Cocktail + Mocktail Recipe

Last night a couple of girl friend's invited me to something called Galentine's Day, a ladies-only gathering on February 14.  Unable to attend, but flattered to be invited to hang out with the younger, cooler crowd, I was inspired to create a cocktail that would be perfect for this gathering. Pink, herbaceous and bright, this cocktail or mocktail is easy to prepare and won't disappoint. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Fresh Grapefruit
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Fresh Raspberries 
  • Vodka

* For mocktail you'll need lemons and sparkling water 

Process

  1.  To prepare the simple syrup, simmer 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water until sugar is dissolved.  Allow to cool.
  2. To prepare the cocktail, muddle 3 raspberries in the shaker.  Once crushed, add 3/4 oz fresh grapefruit juice, 3/4 ounce simple syrup, 3 springs of thyme and 1 1/2 oz vodka.  Top with ice.
  3. Shake for approximately ten seconds then strain into fresh glass over large ice cube.  If you don't have the molds for large cocktail cubes, get them!  These are what I use...
  4. Garnish with fresh thyme and enjoy with people you love.

* For mocktail omit vodka and squeeze half a lemon in shaker.  Strain into glass over large ice cube and top with sparkling water.