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 1/2 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, 1/3 cup of water to boil.
  2. Cut the heat.
  3. Stir in 1/3 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: