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The Black Forest

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Tasty Team
82% would make again

5 minutes

The Black Forest

5 minutes


for 1 serving

Rich Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water (240 mL)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (200 g)


  • ¾ oz grenadine (25 mL)
  • 1 oz blue curaçao (30 mL)
  • ½ oz rich simple syrup (15 g)
  • 1 ½ oz gin (45 mL)
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice (25 mL)
  • 1 cup crushed ice (140 g)
  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme, plus 2 sprigs, for garnish, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon pink peppercorn, for garnish

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  1. Make the rich simple syrup: Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 minutes, until the sugar is fully dissolved. Transfer to a glass jar and let cool. The syrup will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Make the cocktail: Add the grenadine, blue curacao, rich simple syrup, gin, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker and fill with ½ cup (70 G) ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, until combined.
  3. Carefully light the bunch of thyme on fire with a kitchen torch. Blow out the flame and invert a highball glass over the thyme to capture the smoke. Let sit for 30 seconds.
  4. Fill the glass with the remaining ½ cup ice, strain the cocktail into the glass, and garnish with the remaining 2 sprigs of thyme and the pink peppercorns.
  5. Enjoy!
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The Black Forest