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Herbal Gin Fizz

Herbal Gin Fizz

Becca Haley-Park
It just isn’t summer (or spring!) without a bright and bubbly gin cocktail. Mix this one slowly, to preserve the club soda’s carbonation.


  • 1 tablespoon Thyme Simple Syrup recipe in Note
  • 3 ounces Hendrick’s gin
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • Thyme sprigs to garnish


  • Fill a rocks glass with ice, and top with simple syrup, gin, and lemon juice. Stir gently to combine. Top with club soda, and stir gently again. Garnish with thyme sprigs.


TRY IT WITH: A triple crème made with goat’s milk. “If you’re using a lighter gin [like Hendrick’s] with cucumber and rose accents, you can get away with goat cheese,” says Tenaya Darlington, the cheese blogger at madamefromageblog.com. “The citrusy note in the cocktail would also play nicely off that tangy zip [of goat cheese].” We love Nettle Meadow Farm Kunik, a mixed-milk, mold-ripened round made with goat’s milk and Jersey cow’s cream.
Thyme Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
10 thyme sprigs
Combine sugar, water, and thyme in a pot on the stove. Bring to a boil, and stir to dissolve. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate leftover simple syrup in a glass container for up to 4 weeks.

Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's former editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.

Photographer Joe Greene

Joe Greene shoots award-winning food photography for web, print, and packaging. Joe started as a painter, switching to photography when he couldn't get his ideas on canvas fast enough. Joe's clients include magazines, celebrity chefs, restaurants, and more.