It seems summer is quickly on it’s way, and there’s no better way to relax and enjoy the warm summer evenings than with a chilled cocktail in hand alongside sweet friends. I recently developed this recipe for Hangar 1 Vodka, featuring their Mandarin Blossom Vodka. I love the combination of just a few ingredients in this incredibly tasty drink! The charred mandarins add the perfect, subtle smokey flavor alongside the sweetness of the mandarin infused vodka. Pair that with a savory thyme simple syrup and ginger spiced bitters and you have the perfect summer cocktail.
Charred Mandarin, Thyme & Ginger Cocktail
Yield 1 cocktail
- 1 c. filtered water
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 3 T. coconut sugar
- Small bunch fresh thyme
- Ginger tea bitters (or any spiced bitters)
- 2 small mandarins
- Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka
Make thyme simple syrup by heating water to a simmer on medium heat in a small saucepan. When water starts to boil, turn off heat and add sugar, whisking until the sugar dissolves. Add sprigs of rinsed thyme, stir, and set aside to cool. Preheat oven to high on broil. Slice mandarins thinly and spread out on baking sheet. Sprinkle with coconut sugar. Place in oven and broil until charred, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. In cocktail shaker, add ice cubes and then pour in 3 oz.Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka, 3/4 oz thyme simple syrup and 4 drops bitters. Shake vigorously and pour. Garnish with thyme sprig and charred mandarin. Serve immediately.