Farewell Cocktail Hour: Blackberry & Thyme Sparkler

A Feteful Life: Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

If you’ve been a regular reader of A Feteful Life, I’m sure you’ve noticed that we love a good cocktail. So, we couldn’t think of a better final send-off than a killer champagne cocktail to toast all of the possibilities the future holds. Champagne (or any sparkling wine for that matter) is a must for any celebration whether it be for a new beginning or for the close of a chapter in your life. We’ll definitely miss A Feteful Life but we’re sure you’ll be hearing more from us in the future. In the meantime, Fete on!

Blackberry & Thyme Sparkler (from A Feteful Life)


1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup blackberries (extras for garnish – 2 per glass)
3 sprigs of fresh thyme (extra for garnish – 1 sprig per glass)
Chilled sparkling wine


Place the sugar, water, blackberries, and thyme into a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let the mixture simmer for 5-10 minutes to let the berries and thyme release their flavor. Strain the mixture into a glass bowl and let cool completely.

Pour 1/2 ounce of the blackberry mixture into the bottom of a champagne flute. Then top off with sparkling wine. Garnish with the remaining blackberries and thyme.

Cocktail Hour: Estadio Inspired Orange-Thyme Gin & Tonic

A Feteful Life: Estadio's Inspired Orange-Thyme Gin & Tonic

There’s a restaurant in DC called Estadio that serves some really good Spanish Tapas but their drink menu is just out of this world. Last time we were there we ordered the orange-thyme gin & tonic based on the recommendation of a friend and it became one of my all-time favorite cocktails. I’ve been thinking about it ever since and was determined to figure out how to make a similar version at home. Lucky for me, it turns out the Washington Post loves it as much as me and has the recipe online. Score! The original recipe calls for a soda syphon and some quinine powder (neither of which I have) to make a homemade tonic but I adapted the recipe using tonic water instead.

A Feteful Life: Estadio Inspired Orange-Thyme Gin & Tonic

Orange-Thyme Gin & Tonic (recipe adapted from Estadio, as printed in The Washington Post)

Ingredients (serves 5)

1 Orange-Thyme Syrup recipe (see first step in directions below)
4 ounces fresh lime juice
7.5 ounces gin (Old Raj is recommended but I used what I had on hand)
High quality tonic water like Q Tonic (Schweppes and Canada Dry are too sweet)


Orange-Thyme Syrup – Combine 6 ounces sugar and 6 ounces water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Add 5 thyme sprigs and orange zest from half of an orange; let sit for 1 hour, then strain into a container with a tight-fitting lid. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Combine the orange-thyme syrup and lime juice.

Combine 2.5 ounces of the syrup & lime juice mixture with 1.5 ounces of gin in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Top off with tonic and garnish with an orange peel and some thyme leaves. Enjoy!


Cocktail Hour: Raspberry, Thyme, and Gin Cocktail

Thyme Raspberry Gin 1

My good friend always jokes that I love a salad in my cocktails. If I’m out and there’s a drink on the menu with thyme, rosemary, basil or mint in the description, you can almost guarantee that’s what I’ll be ordering. Not only does this pretty pink cocktail have thyme but, it has thyme muddled with fresh raspberries. Sweet, tart, and herby – does it get any better than that? You can get your free printable recipe card here, or scroll down to see the recipe.

Raspberries and Thyme

Ingredients {adapted from KeyIngredient}


1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
6-8 fresh raspberries
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 – 2 teaspoons simple syrup (ingredients & directions below), to taste
1 shot gin
2 shots club soda

Simple Syrup

2 parts sugar
1 part water



Muddle the thyme and raspberries then add the rest of the ingredient. Serve with a lot of ice (preferably crushed).

Simple Syrup

Bring water to a boil and then stir in the sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool completely. (You can add 1 tsp of vodka to prolong the shelf life of the simple syrup.)