Joshua Tree: Rye + Apricot + Thyme

Desert inspired fall cocktail with rye whiskey, apricot liqueur, honey, and thyme. Serve it at your thanksgiving party!

Yield: 1

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minute

bourbon, rothman + winter orchard apricot liqueur, thyme, honey, and lemon juice - Joshua tree

Colder weather is here; that means I can finally start enjoying whiskey cocktails, outdoors.

We took a trip out to Joshua Tree for the weekend, and i needed a drink fit for the weather and the desert. Rye and thyme fit the profile.

This is a perfect autumn cocktail that brings out the rye while blancing the sweet, the sour, the fruit and the herb.

Try it this weekend! Feedback appreciated :)


  • 1 12 oz. rye whiskey, Bulleit
  • 1 oz. orchard apricot liqueur, Rothman & Winter
  • 1 oz. meyer lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 oz. honey thyme syrup (instructions below)
  • 1 lemon twist
  • 1 sprig thyme, fresh
  • ice


  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake whiskey, apricot liqueur, lemon juice, and honey thyme syrup.
  2. Strain into a old fashioned (rocks) glass with an ice cube.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.
  4. Enjoy!

Honey Thyme Syrup

  1. Bring, in a 1 qt. sauce pan, 13 cup of water to boil.
  2. Cut the heat.
  3. Stir in 13 cup of honey. Stir until it is fully dissolved.
  4. Add thyme. Cover and let it stand for 30m to an hour.
  5. Strain the syrup and save.

PS: Music while you enjoy the cocktail: