This is something I'm proud of. A refreshing cocktail, with a gentle summery warmth from the thyme. This requires a lemon and thyme cordial which is also detailed below. A perfect drink for with a lemon roasted chicken dinner. 

Ingredients for the cordial 

  • 200g lemon juice 
  • 200g caster sugar 
  • Small handful thyme (use lemon thyme or broad leaf - not that horrible leggy stuff) 


Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice and bring to the boil in a small saucepan. Boil for just a minute until slightly thickened, then turn off the heat and add the thyme. Allow to infuse until completely cold, then strain into a jar. 

Ingredients (per cocktail)

  • 20ml lemon and thyme cordial (above) 
  • 20ml vodka 
  • Champagne to top (or just a cheap, dry prosecco)  
  • Thyme to garnish 


Shake the cordial and the vodka together over ice in a cocktail shaker or jam jar with tight fitting lid. Strain into a champagne saucer or flute, and top with the champagne. Add a sprig of thyme to garnish.