Vanilla, Pepper, and Thyme Martini Recipe

Vanilla, pepper, and thyme come together to create a unique and delicious martini. Martinis can go one of two ways: you love them or you hate them.

Well, if you are on the latter side of the matter, give the martini one more try with this recipe. Vanilla, pepper, and thyme add much-needed sweetness, spice, and aroma to an otherwise bland drink.

Helpful Hint:

  • This recipe makes quite a few cocktails. This is the perfect recipe to whip out for an easy, interesting, and impressive drink to serve to your gals pals or business connections, alike.
  • Try out a different herb if Thyme is not your favorite. Rosemary and Sage can also make delicious and interesting simple syrups.

Vanilla, Pepper, and Thyme Martini

Recipe by GardenuityCourse: Garden-Inspired Cocktails


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  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 1 Tbsp pink peppercorns

  • 1 Tbsp black peppercorns

  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise and scraped

  • 6 sprigs thyme

  • Your favorite vodka

  • Lemon Juice

  • Ice


  • Simple Syrup
  • Combine sugar, water, peppercorns, ground pepper, scraped vanilla bean seeds/pod and thyme in a medium saucepan over med/high heat. Bring to a rolling boil and stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain, using a fine mesh strainer and reserve simple syrup.
  • Martini
  • Combine 1 oz simple syrup, 3 oz vodka, and 2 tsp lemon juice over ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a few pink peppercorns and a sprig of thyme.