Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Scarborough Fair

3 parts cold vodka
1 part Scarborough Fair Syrup (recipe follows)

Scarborough Fair Syrup
2 sprigs of fresh parsely
2 sprigs of fresh sage
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

Directions: in a small saucepan, combine the fresh herbs, the sugar, and the water. bring to a full boil, lower the heat, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, strain, and cool. It will keep several weeks in the refrigerator.

Thoughts: My inspiration for this drink came from a joke about the song. I never understood how the phrase "parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme" was an answer to the question, "are you going to Scarborough Fair?". It seemed to me the perfect cop-out answer. Are you going to study for your Biology test? Parsely, sage, rosemary, and thyme. When are you going to wash the dishes? Parsely, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Well... you get the idea.

My wife and I went to one of Baltimore's excellent Farmer's Market, and we came away with a huge amount of rosemary. I had thyme growing in my garden and my drink idea fell into place. It was delicious in the vodka, but I bet it would work in other neutral spirits like grappa.


Jerry said...

A drink named after my favorite song of all thyme!

I'll be trying this very, very soon!

Welcome to the food bloggin' world, btw, it's good to have you!

Jon said...

Nice. I think a vodka would contain those flavors very well without overpowering them. I guess a more "stout" vodka would enhance them maybe? But then again I'm no vodka expert.

Matt Von Boozestein said...


Good point. I tend to go with a smooth and neutral vodka like Svedka. It is delicious, cheap, smooth and goes well in any infusion precisely because it doesn't overpower your ingredients.

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Sarah said...

Too cute! but how does it taste?