And the living is.......
all about the beautiful bounty from the garden 
and local farmer's market.
The joys of garden fresh libations,
friends gathered on the porch to sip something refreshing.
I was happy to see the arrival of fresh 
white peaches at my local green market. 
I have been dreaming of marrying them with freshly plucked thyme from the herb garden.

 It started with a simple syrup
1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water
boiled until the sugar dissolved (a few minutes)
Once dissolved and the flame lowered, 
I added 3 ripe, juicy white peaches,
cut into small pieces with the skin and pits removed
and approx. 3 tablespoons of fresh thyme
(cheated a little by using lemon thyme as well)
I let this simmer on a low flame for about 8 - 10 minutes.

Remove from stove top and let sit until cool.
At this point, the syrup is strained, squeezing the pulp to extract the most possible.
What is left is a pink hued sumptuous elixir

I ice my glasses as I prepare the cocktail

Summerthyme Cocktail for Two
In an ice laden shaker,
2 jiggers of Gin
2 jiggers of the Peach Thyme Syrup
the juice of 1 lime
A drop or two of Peach Bitters ( or Peychaud's)
Shake, shake, shake
Strain into well chilled Cocktail glasses 
garnished with a fresh Peach slice and a sprig of Thyme

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. 
Albert Camus

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