To ring in the new year, we've mixed up something tasty and it's a great alternative to just popping champagne. We love a classic vodka martini with two olives, but we're always looking for a fun variation around the holidays. This year is no exception. The martini we’ll be serving at our NYE party this year mixes a little sweetness with peppery herbaceous notes.
Check out the recipe for this Vanilla, Pepper, and Thyme Martini for a new twist on something old. Bring on 2022 in style.
Vanilla, Pepper, and Thyme Martini
This cocktail is everything you want on New Year’s Eve. You can make the simple syrup today, squeeze the lemons a couple hours before your gathering and set up a martini station on your bar or counter before guests arrive. Then go slip on your party shoes, turn up the music and get ready to say hello to 2022.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp pink peppercorns
- 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise and scraped
- 6 sprigs thyme
Fresh squeezed lemon Juice
Peppercorns and thyme sprigs for garnish
To Make The Simple Syrup
Combine sugar, water, peppercorns, ground pepper, scraped vanilla bean seeds/pod and thyme in a medium saucepan over med/high heat.
- Bring to a rolling boil and stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain, using a fine mesh strainer and reserve simple syrup.
To Make The Martini:
Combine 1 oz simple syrup, 3 oz vodka and 2 tsp lemon juice over ice in your Highball Shaker and shake vigorously.
Pour into a chilled martini glass or (your Firelight 750 to go) and garnish with a few peppercorns and a sprig of thyme.
divide by half to carry in a Firelight 375