Rhubarb Smash

Tangy rhubarb brightens up this savory gin and thyme number.

1 ½ oz. gin
½ oz. thyme syrup (see below)
½ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. rhubarb purée (see below)
1 dash rhubarb bitters
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon
Glass: highball
Garnish: fresh thyme sprig

In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Thyme syrup: Combine ½ cup sugar with ½ cup water and 4 fresh thyme sprigs in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stir frequently until sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature and strain into a clean glass jar or bottle. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Rhubarb Purée
½ cup fresh rhubarb, coarsely chopped
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 vanilla bean, split

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stir frequently until sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature. Remove vanilla bean and puree rhubarb with cooking liquid. Strain into a clean glass jar and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Julie Wallach, Tipsy Parson, New York City