Prickly Pear & Thyme Gin Fizz

Who doesn’t love a fun cocktail? Even better, one that is super simple to make. Less time mixing, more time drinking. Yes! The flavors of citrus and prickly pear go so well with the herby-ness (not sure if that’s a word) of the thyme. It’s refreshing and perfect for summertime; it reminds us of something you would drink for happy hour in Italy.

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Prickly Pear & Thyme Gin Fizz 

(makes 2 drinks)

-3 ounces of your favorite gin (we really like St. George’s)

-1.5 ounces fresh lemon juice

-3 sprigs of thyme

-San Pellegrino Prickly Pear Italian Soda

-Cocktail shaker

I found this Italian soda in my local grocery store, but you can also find it at Target (like I need another reason to go into Target!).

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Typically a gin fizz calls for sugar or a simple syrup, but since we have replaced the club soda with a flavored soda, it’s not really necessary. First fill a cocktail shaker two thirds of the way with ice, then add the gin, lemon juice, and 1 sprig of thyme. Close and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour into two rocks glasses filled with ice, and top off with the prickly pear Italian soda. Give it a quick stir to mix, then garnish with a sprig of thyme and a slice of lemon. {Tip: if gin isn’t your drink of choice, this would be equally excellent with vodka too!}

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Now take a sip, close your eyes, and pretend that you are on the coast of Italy sipping your fancy cocktail while looking out at the water. Saluti!

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