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grapefruit and thyme salty dog spritz

either cocktail or mocktail, this refreshing drink will help you channel a warm day on the beach!

prep time10 minutes
cook time15 minutes
yield2 servings

ingredients

thyme simple syrup:

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup water

8 sprigs thyme


cocktail:

1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rims

¾ cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice, from 1 grapefruit

½ cup vodka or gin, or, for a mocktail, extra grapefruit juice or sparkling water

1 ounce thyme simple syrup, recipe above

4 oz. sparkling water, divided

Fresh thyme and grapefruit wedges, for serving

instructions

1

For the thyme simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; add thyme, and steep for 15 minutes.

2

Strain into an airtight container. Set aside until needed; the simple syrup can be refrigerated for up to one week.

3

Make the cocktail: Pour salt on a small saucer. Run grapefruit wedges around the outer rims of two glasses and roll the rims in the salt to coat. Set aside.

4

Combine the grapefruit juice, vodka, and thyme syrup in a shaker. Shake well.

5

Fill the salt-rimmed glasses with fresh ice and divide the drink between the two glasses. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh thyme and grapefruit wedges. Serve.