Have a bunch of extra thyme on your hands? Whip up this thyme-infused gin and soda and get the party started!
Rinse thyme and set aside.
Bring to a low boil, over medium-high heat, sugar and water. Simmer until sugar has completely dissolved, about 1 minute, stirring as needed.
Add thyme to sugar-water mixture and remove from heat. The thyme will steep in the sugar water as it cools. Once cool, strain into a glass jar and store in the fridge.
Pour 1/2 oz (or as desired) simple syrup into a highball cocktail glass. Add 1 wedge of lime and 2 sprigs of thyme.
Using a wooden muddler, or the bottom of a wooden utensil, gently but firmly press the muddler into the ingredients in the bottom of the glass and give a quarter turn. Repeat until the lime has released much of its juice and you can smell the fragrance of the herbs and lime. Set aside the muddler.
Add 2 oz of gin and the juice of one whole lime. Fill with ice and top with San Pellegrino (or another plain or carbonated water of choice), and stir well. Garnish with the remaining wedge of lime and sprig of thyme.