Peppercorn Thyme Soda


Peppercorn Thyme Soda

What a bizarre, yet surprisingly pleasant combination!

One of my absolute favorite herbs is thyme. When I saw this recipe, I knew immediately I had to try it, even though I was tempted to add some vodka or gin. NOTE: You won’t often find that I will go out of my way to make a non alcoholic drink!

It reminded me of something resembling eastern medicine. The flavor was sweet, from all the sugar, but the peppercorns and cloves had a mildly spicy and even numbing effect. I could feel it for hours afterward. Though, that could be because I drank too much or used the wrong proportions of syrup and soda.

Oh well; live and learn!

Recipe:

Pink Peppercorn Thyme Soda

Now of course there are times when you should probably not drink so instead of the usual boring soda, water or my personal favorite – diet peach Snapple there is the pink peppercorn thyme soda.

8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 whole star anise
  • 2 tablespoons whole pink peppercorns plus additional for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh thyme sprigs plus 8 additional sprigs for garnish
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 cups chilled club soda

Preparation

  • Toast anise, 2 tablespoons peppercorns, and cloves in small skillet over medium-high heat until aromatic, stirring often, about 2 minutes.
  • Wrap spices in triple layer of cheesecloth; tie shut. Pound with rolling pin to crush spices lightly.
  • Bring 3 cups water and sugar to boil in medium saucepan. Add spices in cheesecloth. Remove from heat; cover and steep 15 minute.
  • Add 1/2 cup thyme sprigs; cover and steep 10 minutes longer. Strain syrup into medium bowl. Chill until cold. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.
  • Fill 8 tall glasses with ice. Divide syrup among glasses.
  • Add 1/2 cup soda to each glass. Garnish with thyme sprigs and peppercorns.
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