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Spring Thyme

A certified health and nutrition coach, mixologist Jules Aron calls herself the healthy bartender. In her new book Zen and Tonic, the drink recipes are brimming with fresh ingredients intended to fuel body, mind and spirit. This quintessential spring cocktail (seen on the cover) pairs fresh, juicy strawberries with the penetrating herbal fragrance of fresh thyme. “It pairs amazingly well with gin’s botanical notes,” says Aron. But vodka or even a bolder tequila works too.

Serves one.

¼ cup strawberries
3 thyme sprigs
1 lemon wedge
3 ounces gin

Place the strawberries, two of the thyme sprigs and the lemon wedge in a shaker and muddle well; alternatively, you can juice them, fill the shaker with ice, add the gin, and shake well. Double strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the remaining thyme sprig.

Excerpted from Zen & Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker by Jules Aron. Copyright © 2016. Used with permission of the publisher, Countryman Press. All rights reserved.

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Jules Aron is the author of Zen & Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker.

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