I am very excited about the premier of Girls tonight.
I love the girls. And Adam. And Brooklyn.
I sojourned to Brooklyn one glorious Sunday a couple Summers ago with my friend Nan. We walked across the bridge from Manhattan, enjoyed a long and lovely brunch at the Vinegar Hill House, spent the afternoon gallivanting around Williamsburg and watched a gorgeous sunset with our friend Isaac whilst sipping rosé on the Wythe Hotel rooftop bar. It was magical.
Nan lives on the Upper East Side and I’ve been to NYC many times, but this was our first foray into the borough across the river. It was amazing. It was like traveling to a far-away land where all the men maintained well-coiffed beards and wore skinny jeans and the women dressed in cute-thrifted finds and ironic hats. Everyone was politically progressive, rooftop-gardened and rode a fixed-gear bicycle. The vibe was effortlessly cool. Nan and I stood out awkwardly in our sensible, pedestrian J.Crew attire. We were strangers in a strange land, but the natives were kind and welcoming. They fed us artisanal snacks and happily shared their craft cocktails.
One such cocktail was The Long Goodbye at the super-cute Cafe Colette. The original drink called for Old Tom Gin, lime and thyme. I’ve put my own spin on things and created a gimlet with a thyme twist.
For the Thyme Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
12 sprigs fresh thyme
Combine sugar and water in a small sauce pan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, approximately 5 minutes. Remove sauce pan from the heat and add thyme and let steep. Allow the mixture to cool, strain the herbs and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.
For the Gimlet
1/2 cup gin
1/4 cup thyme simple syrup
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Thyme sprig for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, simple syrup and lime juice; shake until well combined. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.
Also, if you’ve never seen an episode of Girls, this Tina Fey SNL sketch is an excellent primer.