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.