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Lemon Thyme Vodka Three-Way

Written by K. Culver of Mount Pleasant on Wednesday, 29 August 2012. Posted in Reader Recipes, Eat This Fall! 2012

Lemon Thyme Vodka Three-Way

What better accompaniment to a quivering oyster on the half shell than ice-cold Vodka. K. Culver was inspired to create a light and uncomplicated cocktail that would not compete with the texture or taste of oysters.  Here is a simple recipe.  If you are feeling more adventurous, we invite you to create the cocktail as a granita. A spoonful of this intensely flavored ice keeps your oysters chilled and as it melts — pools in the shell to create an excellent pairing. And lastly, if you can channel your patience and allow the granita to melt in the half shell-viola — gourmet oyster shooter, a miraculous ménage a trois.



1 c superfine sugar
4 tsp Lemon Zest 
¾ c Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
¼ tsp Salt
¾ c Maverick Citrus Vodka 
3-4 Sprigs of Thyme


1. Cocktail: Combine vodka, lemon juice, and sugar in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a martini glass, garnish with thyme and enjoy!

2. Granita: Place sugar, basil and zest in food processor and pulse until thyme is ground.

Transfer to bowl and add pepper, 2 cups water, lemon juice, Vodka, and salt. Whisk
Let mixture stand until sugar and salt are dissolved, stirring occasionally.
Pour mixture into 9 inch square metal baking pan and place in freezer.
Stir mixture, pulling a fork back and forth every 45 min. or so for 4 hrs. or until frozen. 
Mixture should be fluffy and icy.  Garnish with thinly sliced peppers for color and texture.

3.Oyster Shooter: Let Granita chill your oyster and once fully melted- bring the shell to your lips, tilt and slurp. Repeat.

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