Clementine and Thyme Gin Cocktail

Ahhhh….Vermont. It never gets old. For such a tiny state, it’s amazing how much Vermont has to offer. Countless outdoor adventuring opportunities, a food and drink scene in Burlington (and elsewhere in VT) that rivals cities ten or twenty times its size, culture, history, you name it. We just took our fourth trip up there  (in less than 16 months – eek!) and this time hit the ski area of Jay Peak (more on that another day) and then spent the tail end of our trip in Burlington and ate our way through the city.

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We walked down by the waterfront (Burlington sits on Lake Champlain, with gorgeous views of the Adirondacks in the background), warmed up with some hot chocolate and coffee at Onyx Tonics.

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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill is one of our favorite restaurants in Burlington, for both food and drinks. Can you believe the building actually used to be a McDonalds? Major upgrade.

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Breakfast all day!! Say no more. This place has been around since 1925 and is everything you’d expect out of an old-school diner.

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We actually didn’t get to go into the Whiskey Room this trip (did I mention the kids were in tow?!), but can’t wait to try some of their cocktails next time!

We did hit The Daily Planet (incidentally, the one place I didn’t get a picture of … probably because it was dark). We tried it because the cocktails were voted best in Burlington and neither the drink nor the food disappointed! My favorite drink there was called a GTG (see the full drink list here), and was essentially gin, muddled pear, thyme and lime. So, so good. The flavor of the thyme really came through, and inspired me to try to incorporate the herb into some of my own drinks at home. My husband, who’s become somewhat of a craft cocktail connoisseur, helped create this one. We call it… The Clementine & Thyme Gin Cocktail. Yup, that’s all we came up with. Creative juices were exhausted in the cocktail-creating process.

The Clementine & Thyme Gin Cocktail

Clementine and Thyme Gin Cocktail

2 oz. gin (preferably Barr Hill … made in Vermont)
2 oz. freshly squeezed clementine juice (1-2 clementines, depending on size/juiciness)
1 oz. honey syrup (see recipe here)
1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 sprigs of thyme (1 for the shaker, 1 for garnish)

Add all ingredients (except one sprig of thyme to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Pour over ice in a large martini or lowball glass. Garnish with thyme. Cheers to the 14th state! (Vermont, duh)