Thyme is an often underrated herb. Cilantro is super trendy, basil is a staple, mint goes with everything, but thyme, well, it tends to sit on the shelf. This, dear planters, is a travesty. Thyme is delicious! And it's about TIME (get it?) that we gave you a recipe worthy of its greatness. It just so happens that this recipe also calls for champagne, and thus, is perfect for New Years Eve. Whether you spend the last hours of 2012 in Times Square, watching the ball drop on tv, or celebrating Prairie New Years so you can go to bed early, be sure to make a few of these for your favourite friends and welcome in 2013 in style.
PEAR & THYME FIZZ
1. In a pitcher, combine apple juice, pears, thyme and liqueur. Stir together, then refrigerate for 2 – 4 hours to allow the pears and thyme to infuse the juice with flavor.
2. Divide between 6 champagne flutes, discarding thyme, then fill remainder of each glass with champagne. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh thyme. Bottoms up!