As with the Carolingian Effort, the ThARDIS was born on account of a plant derivative that was languishing in the fridge. In this case, we had some thyme hanging about, so I boiled it with equal amounts sugar and water and then strained it out.
If this sounds to you like one of those overly-involved syrups that people make after spending too long around mixologists at The Grange…well, you’re perceptive. And correct to boot, though I will argue that making syrups assuages the guilt of buying an herb or spice and then not using the whole handful of it in the two days it retains any semblance of freshness.
Anyway, I made some thyme syrup. I tried mixing it with a few other favorites – gin, Chartreuse, the aforementioned ginger syrup, lemon – but that was a lot of weirdness in a small glass, and the resulting mixture was not even christened in some wise.
Then I scaled back. Instead of gin, I used vodka so the spirit wouldn’t outshine the syrup. I left the lemon but cut out the ginger and Chartreuse to keep the Flavour Madness at bay. Then, thinking that lemon, vodka, and sweetened thyme could get a bit thin, I added a few dashes of Fee’s Grapefruit Bitters:
1½ oz vodka
1 oz thyme syrup
½ oz lemon juice
3 dashes grapefruit bitters
Combine, shake, and strain into a small cocktail glass.
I presented it to La Roommate, who was most pleased, both by the drink and by the lightning storms then visible on the horizon. In the face of summer storms, lemon and thyme and a few drops of bitters mix to create a harmonious blend of fresh, smooth, summery flavors.
As thyme was involved, it was nigh-imperative that the drink’s name involve some kind of pun. Since we felt the drink would have the power to change one’s perception of time, and since we are quite fond of Doctor Who, we named it after the TARDIS – Thyme and Relative Distance in Space.
At this point, it’s winter where we are, but I’m pretty sure the ThARDIS will take us to warmer climes whenever we shake one up.