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Raspberry Thyme Smash Gin Cocktail


There are cocktails that scream summer, like the Raspberry Thyme Smash. This cocktail made of gin, thyme and fresh raspberries is relatively young. It originated in the BLT Market in New York and was then published in late 2000s in the bon appétit magazine. 

Since then, you can see it every now and then at weddings and summer birthdays, at beach parties and in general during summer events. That is the whole story behind this cocktail that is known to us. No big bartender, no tradition from the 20s, nothing. Sure, the Smash cocktail category has a long tradition – take herbs, crush them, mix it with strong liquor – but this one is quite new. It is similar to the gin basil smash, for example, but not as famous.

The ingredients of this gin cocktail might make you think that it is extremely sweet. But gins such as Hendrick’s manage to find the perfect balance here. 

The raspberries drive the aroma in the beginning. Towards the finish thyme forms the dominant note which makes this cocktail really interesting. At this point, a suitable gin also comes into play. We will talk about the best gins for use in this drink later in this post.


Raspberry Thyme Gin Smash Cocktail

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 1 person


  • 60 ml gin
  • 30 ml lime juice
  • 6-7 raspberries
  • 20-30 ml sugar syrup
  • 1 sprig of thyme


  • Put thyme and raspberries in the shaker and muddle well
  • Add gin, lime juice and sugar syrup to the shaker. Then shake vigorously
  • Strain through a fine sieve into an old-fashioned glass filled with some ice cubes
  • Garnish with a small sprig of thyme and 1 or 2 raspberries

Best Gin for Raspberry Thyme Smash

In many cocktails the limelight is often robbed by the gin or the rum used in it. But not in this cocktail recipe, which is all about thyme and the raspberries. Everything else controls the acidity and the sweetness to round it off. This also applies to the main alcoholic component. The original recipe is based on Hendrick’s Gin. But the drink works well with more citrus-heavy gins like Tanqueray No. Ten or the Malfy Gin. They give it the last kick when it comes to refreshment.

Hendrick’s Gin
Rating: 5/5

The slightly dry character of the Hendrick’s Gin goes well with the cocktail. Towards the finish it supports the aromas from thyme very well, without its own aroma coming through too strongly. The gin also keeps the sweetness of the cocktail at bay.

Tanqueray No. Ten
Rating: 5/5

The composition of thyme and the typical Tanqueray No. Ten flavors give this cocktail a special note and a lovely balance. This gin pairs magnificently with thyme towards the end.

Unsuitable Gins for Raspberry Thyme Smash

Rather bitter gins like the Tanqueray London Dry make a more serious, tart drink that suits very few palettes. The pronounced juniper notes of gins like the Juniper Jack or Cotswold’s also give it a certain seriousness. But then you are probably better off with a dry martini than with a pink raspberry drink.

Saffron Gin
rating: 3/5

The Saffron Gin has an overly dominant fennel note. In contrast to the raspberries, the fennel could have created an interesting cocktail. But the gin is too dominant and completely overpowers the thyme. As a result, the actual aromas of the cocktail are lost.

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