Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, October 2018, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 37

by Amer A. Vargas

Thyme Will Tell

Autumn is here, and summer is gone. The happiness of warm summer days filled with sunlight gives way to the relaxed moods of grey skies and breezes caressing the tree leaves. Will this season be as good as the recently departed summer? Thyme Will Tell.
Sorry for the wordplay… this writer couldn’t help it!
In any case, in this month’s edition, we devote our mixology article to an old and not-so-famous cocktail that goes along very well with quiet moods and tranquil environments: the Thyme Will Tell Sour, as presented by our friends from Difford’s Guide for Discerning Drinkers.
The particularity of this cocktail is centered on the herb thyme as one of its key ingredients, which gives the mix a very distinct and aromatic character. To prepare it, we need 1 fresh sprig of thyme (and a second one to use as garnish), 60 ml/2 oz of Bourbon whiskey, 15 ml/½ oz of maple syrup and 5 ml/½ of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
And this is how it’s done: strip the thyme leaves off the stem and muddle them on the bottom of the cocktail shaker. Then fill the shaker with ice, pour in the rest of the ingredients and shake firmly for a few seconds. Next, fill a lowball or old-fashioned glass with ice and pour in the mix, decorating with a twist of lemon zest and a thyme sprig.
This autumn is going to be great, and “thyme” will confirm it. For a great autumn start, cheers!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

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