Whiskey Thyme Cocktail

Whiskey Thyme Cocktail

Hi there! I recently posted this spectacular Whiskey Thyme Cocktail recipe on Instagram and it’s too good not to share here too. For my birthday this past year, I asked Nate for one thing: to learn how to make my favorite cocktail. That cocktail is the Whiskey Thyme from @theroyaltern. It’s a favorite restaurant of ours here in Charleston and their cocktail menu truly rivals their food!

Y’all, he did it. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Because not only had he tracked down all the supplies to make it (looking at you, Cardamaro) but he also learned HOW to make it. My very own bartender! 🤓🍸🔥 That was the real gift.



Without further ado, here is the recipe for @theroyaltern Whiskey Thyme (given with their permission). And trust me, the grapefruit makes this drink one to be enjoyed even as the temperature warms up. It’s a perfect pairing with the rye whiskey. I hope you love it like I do!


  • 1  1/2 oz. Rye Whiskey (they use Bulleit and so did we)
  • 1/2 oz. Cardamaro (it’s a type of wine)
  • 1/2 oz. Thyme simple syrup*
  • 1 1/2 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 1 dash bitters (Angostura bitters but use what you can find)
  • Garnish with grapefruit peel and sprig of thyme**

*We made the thyme simple syrup by buying a container of simple syrup, sticking some fresh thyme sprigs in it, and storing it in the fridge for a good month.
**Nate even did the grapefruit garnish and I fell in love with him all over again ❤️



And because I have a feeling you will ask, I got these cute glasses via an antique shop on Etsy years ago! I knew Nate would love the maps. 

Not only is this a terrific cocktail recipe to be enjoyed this Spring and Summer, it is also an amazing gift idea! Be it you gift this exact kit to someone who you know would love it, or use it as inspiration to recreate their own beloved cocktail from a local restaurant. You may even earn spouse of the year award as Nate did. 

Lastly, I need you all to know just how good The Royal Tern is. They graciously shared their recipe for this cocktail so I could share with you all, but you really can’t beat enjoying it in person made by their talented bartenders. If you happen to find yourself in Charleston, it is a must visit. Check them out and please let me know if you do!


Whiskey Thyme Cocktail

April 22, 2022


  • 1 1/2 oz. Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Cardamaro
  • 1/2 oz. Thyme simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz. Grapefruit juice
  • 1 dash bitters
  • Grapefruit peel and sprig of thyme
  • Step 1 Pour all ingredients over ice
  • Step 2 Top with garnish of grapefruit and thyme sprig