101 Best New Cocktails: Once Upon A Thyme by Alan Moore, Upstairs @ KinaraKitchen, Dublin, Ireland

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Once Upon A Thyme

Alan Moore, Upstairs @ KinaraKitchen, Dublin, Ireland

“This is a cocktail I created for the Written Word phase of Diageo World Class 2015. The project was to take two books, one a cocktail book the other a novel. The two books I chose for this were Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails from Harry’s Bar in Paris and the novel being one of my favorites, The Count of Monte Cristo. I chose the books because they fitted perfectly with each other and with what I was thinking of. Harry’s book because of Edmond being arrested before he got his chance to deliver his letter to Paris. That is the theme I went with. I chose a Gimlet as the base of the cocktail because Edmond was a sailor, next I used the thyme liqueur to represent the time Edmond spent in prison. The lavender syrup represents the area of Marseilles. The Aphrodite bitters represents his love for Mercedes and eventually Haydee. The Tincture represents the time it took him to exact his revenge on those who did him wrong. The soda (which I actually left out in the competition—I carbonated the drink in a soda siphon because I was over on the amount of ingredients) adds a slight carbonation to the drink, giving it a lovely refreshing taste, something which on a warm summer’s day is great.” Alan Moore

Once Upon A Thyme15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lime juice

2 barspoons caster sugar (superfine)

30 ml (1 oz) Tanqueray No. TEN gin

15 ml (.5 oz) Farigoule thyme liqueur

10 ml (.33 oz) lavender syrup (I use Monin)

2 dashes Thyme Tincture*

1 dash Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Aphrodite bitters


1 lime twist

1 thyme sprig, as garnish

Stir the lime juice and sugar in a mixing glass to dissolve the sugar. Add the gin, liqueur, syrup, tincture, and bitters. Shake over ice and double-strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass. Top with soda. Squeeze the twist over the drink and discard, then add the garnish.

*Thyme Tincture: Infuse 500 ml (17 oz) of neutral spirit with 40 to 50 sprigs of fresh thyme for 2 weeks. Strain through a double layer of dampened cheesecloth and store in a bottle.

gaz sez: Once upon a time I tasted a cocktail that was incredibly well balanced, multidimensional, and absolutely delicious. That was Once Upon A Thyme.


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